The heat is doing crazy things
to her head.
Children’s faces grow in flowers.
Blue flames eat up the walls.
She is overdressed, overworked
but can’t let on.
Outside blooming trees and tulips
She piles fruit on pedestals
envisions the aftermath
of stains on the tablecloth
invisible to others
wreck of skin and seeds that lures snakes up
from the floor to devour her.
(written in response to Harmony in Red by Henri Matisse)
Jan Chronister currently serves as president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. She recently had a micro-chap published by the Origami Poems Project. A full-length collection of her poetry is forthcoming from Clover Valley Press. Her author website is www.janchronisterpoetry.wordpress.com