a housemaid’s pail of water, unawares


ruffled domestic grouse
in the hole I go
my whippoorwill showing
young star of a searing abdomen
a fur of cast injuries trailing behind
a comet, a spell, a light.



cyclic race of water
the well dressed blow flutes
we are the rhombus
laundry on lined pink sky
a rung in the field
washed, weary, of the wind.





Melissa Eleftherion grew up in Brooklyn. A high school dropout, she went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the author of huminsect, prism maps, Pigtail Duty​, the leaves the leaves, green glass asterisms, and several other chapbooks. Her poems have been widely published, & have recently appeared in Lunch Ticket, Negative Capability & Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Melissa lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Reference & Teen Services Librarian & teaches creative writing. More of her work can be found @ www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.




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