Variables  2017             Ed Touchette

percussion from the truck
on the flatiron
call of a gull
over the wall
knee high rubber boots
on the old man
In the parking lot
and on the young mother
who uses them gardening
a fall climbing the rocks
unbalanced by the bag
full of water and clothes
pulled up by a young woman
who says Be Careful
her friend offers a path
No Thanks It’s poison ivy

Melissa de Haan Cummings
6 June 2019


Melissa de Haan Cummings majored in French and English Literature at Bryn Mawr. She has published poetry in a number of journals.  She describes her interests as including, “much small boating around Cape Ann, love of Charles Olson, Hatha yoga practice since 1969.”