Cellar – A Poem by Catherine Zickgraf

Koloman Moser – Loneliness

Poetry by Catherine Zickgraf

At the fireplace flames, he bows at his hearth
to toss the secret toward cremation.
Its parchment is wrapped in tongues like scarves,
the varnished edges are breathless and melting.
He stretches to rake up the ashes.

Descending his cellar stairs where
the dryer sits humming and whorling,
he hammers to shatter the cemented floor,
to bury there the train wreck of trauma stress.
And the dust flies up as prayer.

This secret once passed along the sidewalks
got caught and brought back for destruction.
Yet benevolent words are eternal like stars.
They can’t be caught—so he leaves his thoughts
on pages, his own creation.


About the Poet

Catherine Zickgraf’s main jobs are to hang out with her family and write poetry. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, PankVictorian Violet Pressand The Grief Diaries. Her recent chapbook, Soul Full of Eye, is published through Aldrich Press.Read and watch her at caththegreat.blogspot.com

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