Three Places
—a poem by Catherine Simpson

A girl in a white dress walks on the beach.

A barefoot girl in a long white cotton dress

Walks on the beach.

Call: response: yes: no


Crabgrass on the lawn.

Ursa Major clawing the

Sky. The smell: walnuts.


Red geraniums in plastic buckets

Hang from plastic awnings.

Fourth of July:  families in heat-wet

Undershirts gather down the street

In plastic lawn chairs, look up, sigh. 

Catherine Simpson is a cellist from Santa Barbara. She has been previously featured in over thirty publications, and has work forthcoming in The Aurorean, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Nefarious Ballerina, and Prairie Winds.