Stephen Scott Whitaker

Catwife, in Spring Rain, Flash Flood Alert

Lie where the good world puts you. Lay all day
green-eyed, kept. And outside? Rain and sirens.
The ocean crawls into fields sluiced in reeds
and shredded litter. Flash water laps the curb
while the wind fiddle-crabs a dead leaf across
macadam cracked and macadam blue.
Catwife stretches out, lap wise. Purrful. Don’t be
shy, don’t be shy, don’t be wise.  Rain clouds
forget they have rained and again begin
to pour out memories. Under thunder,
the ocean can be heard trying to catch up,
with each harried breath closer, closer, close.


Stephen Scott Whitaker (@SScottWhitaker), a member of the National Book Critics Circle, is the managing editor for The Broadkill Review. He is the author of four chapbooks of poetry and a broadside from Broadsided Press. Mulch, his novel of weird fiction is forthcoming from Montag Press in 2019.