Green Hills Literary Lantern






When the words disappear –

from the mind and lips, hands and fingers

twisted – the sky parades a row of clouds.

Images become smoke; people turn feral.

What relief surrender offers – youth and

vitality no longer pined for in the

blank of this new mindset; small tasks

keep the days on life support. I keep track

of your breathing - the rise and fall of

your chest still matters – even in the

distance, even in closing.




Cathy Porter’s poetry has appeared in California Quarterly, Abbey, Plainsongs, Pennine Ink (UK), Homestead Review, Kentucky Review, and various other journals. She has two chapbooks available from Finishing Line Press: A Life In The Day (2012) and Dust And Angels (2014). Her chapbook Exit Songs is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in 2016. She lives in Omaha, NE.