Miracle on Elm Street
Raise the dead.—Matthew 10:8
One month from my 51stbirthday, in the first warm flush of spring, I take a neighborhood stroll, the top clasps of my polka dot
shirt unfastened to admit the mellow breeze.
"You have a wonderful evening, ma'am!" A lorry driver grins at me like the Cheshire Cat, leaning out the window of his truck and sopping up the verdant air. Ghost-like, he tips his invisible hat then vanishes down the lane.
Half amused, half alarmed, I refasten the top clasp of my shirt and turn for home.
mystifying me . . .
Anna Cates is a graduate of Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English), and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). She teaches online college writing and literature and graduate education. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Dwarf Stars, Elgin, and Rhysling awards. Her books include: The Meaning of Life (Cyberwit Press), The Frog King (Cyberwit Press), The Darkroom (Prolific Press), The Golem & the Nazi (Red Moon Press), The Journey (Wipf & Stock), Love in the Time of Covid (Wipf & Stock), and The Poison Tree: A Peace Play (Wipf & Stock). She resides in Wilmington, Ohio, with her beautiful kitties, Freddie and Fifi.