Lost and alone as she was,
Anna did company invite that day
and tossed she tomatoes at walls
as up she vacuumed the mess
but drop the floor did on that day
and came out from under her everything
so years did it take for the cleaning
and much did she sew for the reaping.


A big banana kicked the bath
and watched the Watch unearth the earth
beneath the moss and lists of life,
the crud that crudded up her drain,
so when the weathered earthly scourge
was fully, wholly menacing
she tallied up her soul to find
the understanding laryngitic thought
beneath the babbler.


Struggling to finish before the bite but here it comes – devouring every taste bud – sweating and
gulping down ice water – biting down hard on bread – swallowing chocolate syrup – the bite doesn’t
stop – head to the toilet and touch – another bite – rub the eyes – another – crying and crying –
crying to the reward pathways of the brain.

"Firmament" © Dr. Regina Valluzzi

“Firmament” © Dr. Regina Valluzzi

Catherine B. Krause is a programmer born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her poetry will be appearing this year in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems and has previously appeared in Reckless Writing, Gargoyle and Tipton Poetry Journal. She is the author of two chapbooks: Classifieds and The Leopard Slug.

Dr. Regina Valluzzi explores abstract scientific concepts through complex geometric paintings. Many of the subjects of her abstract drawings and paintings are taken from topics in Physics research. Soft Matter Physics and Biological Physics ideas are often seen, arising from her main area of research for many years.