Altar with Open Jaws
There isn't much.
Remorse drags its bitten paw
through an unforgiving snow,
the trap unsprung and glinting,
and then the traverse over the raw
flecks of evening, ruddy
with night coming on.
It isn't the struggle I mind.
It's the never arriving in one piece.
Kate Falvey's poetry has been fairly widely published in journals and anthologies, in a full length collection, The Language of Little Girls (David Robert Books), and in two chapbooks. She has also published fiction, book reviews, academic essays on women writers, and work for children. She edits the 2 Bridges Review, published through City Tech/CUNY, where she works, and is an associate editor for the Bellevue Literary Review.