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Two Poems by Katarina Boudreaux

Her Eyes Were Clouds

Fifteen years passed
until he saw
her again, but
he was still surprised
by her lack of
pigtails and bows.
His heart double
pumped when he
noticed that her body
had curved like a well
traveled road.

he handed her flowers
that faded between
her fingers instantly
and mumbled something
about smarts
running in the family.

He left soon after
the potato salad was served,
this time permanently
for the river banjo circuit,
as he could not look at her,
the best of everything
he had ever done,
and he’d done so very little.

In Search of Her

Storm a non-event,
he drains his coffee cup,
eyes clear now that
the Sazerac days were
a painful memory from
the time before he kept time
when he lived
between the blur of smoke
and legs and how lips felt
after nights ash traveled,
poured through edge to
blur, when wind meant more
inside fury with little rain.

He listens intently for the birds,
as she did before the ledge
had pulled the life out from her.

Throwing the coffee cup
to the ground, he scoffs at
the silence and shuts the
screen door. Regret seeps
so quietly through empty skies.


Katarina Boudreaux is a New Orleans author, musician, dancer and teacher. Her first novel Platform Dwellers is available from Owl Hollow Press. Her work has appeared in the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and she has received Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations, and Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner awards. She has two published poetry collections: Alexithymia and Anatomy Lessons.

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  • Peter Sanderson / May 6, 2020

    So pure, your expressively beautiful words Katarina.