She sits in the dim kitchen,
knee-hi rolled to mid-calf–
purpled by years–
either swatting at or trying to catch
like flies around the garbage,
of a mind now divorced from
muttering and cursing at the umbra
Cathy Cavallone is a teacher of middle school students. Her work has appeared in Four Walls, Sensations Magazine, The Rift Arts Forum Publication, Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades, Red River Review, Phantom Kangaroo, The Red Wheelbarrow, Turk's Head Review, The New Verse News, The Oddville Press, Z-composition, Rose Red Review and Nerve Lantern. She is also a Pushcart Prize nominee and lives in New Jersey with her husband, George and son, Michael.