Kristin Kowalski Ferragut

Near to Life (for Venus): Kristin Kowalski-Ferragut


We walk slow on your bum knee

take breaks to tease out your girl

crazy, my boy crazy, weight

of absence that tasks

our joints and always

the artists with bum hearts.

We speak of our energetic

sons, the way they settle in

for snuggles when sick. Our

frenzy for their good health.

We swim in blue sky, against

currents of air, clouds in shades

of dusk, of bruises; wind strongest

against your breast. Vigor

and power reduces from

what you had grown —

tsunamis, thunder, green vines

through clay, one blossom.

I feed you ice chips. You smile

over chapped lips that catch

on dry teeth. Desert

under fluorescent lights.

I don’t want a day to dawn

without you, so I stay

awake. Skin and limps,

dimples and crushes, all

must be laid down.

Kristin Kowalski Ferragut teaches, plays guitar, hikes, and supports her children in becoming who they are meant to be. She is author of the full-length poetry collection Escape Velocity (Kelsay Books, 2021) and the children's book Becoming the Enchantress (Loving Healing Press, 2021). Her poetry has appeared in Beltway Quarterly, Nightingale and Sparrow, Bourgeon, Mojave He[Art] Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Fledgling Rag, and Little Patuxent Review among others. For more information see her website: