︎︎︎ Charlene Moskal
︎ MAR 2, 2022

white dress, high necked, long sleeved, straight back
there is the control
ready for the virgin to be tucked tightly
hands folded like clean laundry
one on top of the other

ready at all times

for her name chiseled on an angels’ scroll
marble eyes that never shut
closed mouth that never spoke her secrets
she feigning innocence
she and the children white on white
they titter behind the dark green yews

Charlene Stegman Moskal
is a Teaching Artist for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Las Vegas, Nevada, under the auspices of the Las Vegas Poetry Promise Organization. Charlene is published in numerous anthologies, print magazines, and online, including: Humana Obscura, Kosmos Journal, Griffel, and Sandstone & Silver, an anthology of Nevada Poets, (Zeitgeist Press). Her third chapbook Leavings From My Table is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in Fall 2022.

Also by Charlene: OHM