October 2003, Volume 1, Number 4

Cathy Drinkwater Better

Cathy Drinkwater Better is the author of 30 published books, including three collections of poetry; her poems have appeared in journals in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, and Japan. Better’s long-running and award-winning humor column appears monthly in magazines published in Maryland and Pennsylvania. As Cathy Walker (her married name), she edits The Medical Bulletin, a group of newspapers for physicians in the Maryland, Washington, DC, and northern Virginia areas.

just inside the wood line
bones of a fox
bleached clean

first cool morning…
marigolds spill over
the whiskey barrel’s rim

flash-flood crawl…
--------lightening surges
--------against the windowpane

lunch date
she brings out photos
of the house’s disrepair

morning sun through trees
the crow’s wings
glisten black

deserted churchyard
a praying mantis clings
to the cemetery wall

dry leaves skitter
across the planks—
tomorrow’s storm

aroma of biscuits
in the night-dark kitchen
my silent footsteps

morning mist…
into the woods
the feral cat

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