While fishing, men find the red, orange, and green
striped shirt and brown ring. Another search
will reveal nothing. There may be something
else to find, but it isn’t here. She has
evaporated into the clouds, transformed
into the woman who travels free without
a glance behind, without itinerary. This raindrop
that splatters the shoulder, this black feather
caught in a fence, this dandelion
that you would’ve poisoned or picked,
all carry her spells. She’s left the stream
and found her way out of hell.
Cat Dixon is the author of Eva and Too Heavy to Carry (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2016, 2014) and The Book of Levinson and Our End Has Brought the Spring (Finishing Line Press, 2017, 2015), and the chapbook, Table for Two (Poet’s Haven, 2019). Recent poems have appeared in LandLocked, Anti-Heroine Chic, and Abyss & Apex. She is a poetry editor at The Good Life Review.