Green Hills Literary Lantern





How To Rewrite Grief



Start with the word itself –

scatter the letters over the floor,


twist them in knots not even

a boy scout could undo, or --


pretend they’re good luck pieces;

carry them in your pockets,


show them off on special

occasions, rub as needed --


admire the crooked back of ‘G’ --

the rigidity of ‘I’ between comrades,


give fist-bumps, group hugs;

resist the urge to bust them


all in the face – a hit as powerful

as the day your territory was invaded,


and time became another

word that needed a re-write.







Cathy Porter’s poetry has appeared in Plainsongs, Homestead Review, California Quarterly, Hubbub, Cottonwood, Comstock 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), as well as two chapbooks published by Dancing Girl Press in Chicago: Exit Songs (2016), and 16 Days (2019). Her latest collection, The Skin Of Uncertainty, is forthcoming from Maverick Duck Press in 2020. Cathy is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and serves as a special editor for the journal Fine Lines in Omaha, NE, where she lives with her husband Lenny and their dog Marley, and cats Cody and Mini.