“Reality Is a Crutch “
Graffiti seen on a restroom wall in Bloomington, Indiana, 1968
Reality lacks subtlety,
come to think of it,
and perhaps that is why
we notice it so little
and insist on it so much.
Artist in Sienna Brown: Victoria Crowe (1945-)
She painted her own heartbroken face
two years before her son died.
All is symbol here, archangel pinning
an infant to the bottom of the canvas
while landscape and still life dance
in the background, oblivious
to her downturned mouth, hopeless eyes.
Did she intuit the future or,
like a fallen Buddhist,
did she fail to achieve
disinterest in the tragedies
she predicted even without
Tarot card or crystal ball?
Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming publications in Louisiana Review, Pontiac Review, Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, Poet Lore, Limestone, Louisiana Literature, Off the Coast, Palaver, San Pedro River Review, U.S.1 Worksheet, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Hubbub, Blue Unicorn, Two Cities Review, Poem, Tipton Poetry Review, Yellow Chair Review and others. She has published 17 books: children's novels, legends and poetry, most recently, SUCH DEATHS publisher, vac Press, Purple Flag Series. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize.