Issue No. 9, Summer 2014

Overheard Conversations No. 1
Kat Lerner

Often, a star shard
dissolving with tea leaves at the bottom of the cup
crushed mint, honey ancient and immortal
the skies are noisy
heavy static sop and hum
of wishes, queries and calculations
faint cries their hands too big to catch
they don’t promise to keep our secrets
but neither theirs—
behind the gentle glint
a conflagration roars, consuming
collapsing, perhaps long gone already
and we smile at the freckle of light
take its shaken embers with cream and lavender shortbread
so may it coat our throats with starsong
make our honeyed words blaze and stun
and people whisper knowingly, “It was always
this way.”

Kat Lerner hails from the ever-breezy Pacific Northwest, where she writes fiction and poetry and teaches creative writing. Her work has appeared in publications including Word Catalyst Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, Wilderness House Literary Review, Triggerfish Critical Review, Labyrinth, and Inkspeak.