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The Shades Pulled Up and Down

"Their maps have folded is disobedience"

Published onApr 16, 2023
The Shades Pulled Up and Down

Photo by Laura Tancredi:


A gaudy omen outside my neighbor’s window,
bougainvillea’s flash mob of purple miniskirts.
Let autocorrect create the comic simile.
Today is like another opportunity
for sinning.


The Canadian geese on a long sabbatical
from their career of migration—
they enjoy this new-found park so much
they may never go back to work.
Their maps have folded in disobedience.


Enough of bad weather, the hot and littered streets,
a single dandelion roaring at the speedsters.
I’m jealous of people who believe lead floats.
The tongues of my shoes lap at my feet.

Cathryn Shea's poetry collection is "Genealogy Lesson for the Laity" (Unsolicited Press); her chapbooks include "Backpack Full of Leaves" and "It's Raining Lullabies." A Best of the Net nominee, her poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. See

Cathryn Shea:

Thank you to the editors!