Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

Unchained and a Spoonful of Gin by Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

Unchained and a Spoonful of Gin by Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

 

Folding the skeletons one by one
I pack them tight for storage inside
their plastic coffins. Legs twisted and bent,
arms tucked just right for another long year

of slumber. It’s time for the cornucopia
and ornamental trees while old bones
without names rest among hinged frames
in crowded quarters sealed within

the catacombs. Come Christmas, Santa
needs a swig of gin. His nerves rattled
and worn thin from the emaciated neighbors
marked ‘Halloween’. He takes his place

between fire and brick and relishes
the annual breakaway from goblins and ghouls
never mentioning the paranormal activity
between heavy rounds of egg nog.

 


 

Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas is a six-time Pushcart nominee and twice nominated Best of the Net nominee. She has authored several chapbooks along with her latest full-length collection of poems:Hasty Notes in No Particular Order newly released from Aldrich Press. She is the 2012 winner of the Red Ochre Press Chapbook competition for her manuscript Before I Go to Sleep and according to family lore she is a direct descendent of Robert Louis Stevenson. www.clgrellaspoetry.com



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