Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

 

 

 

(USA)

 

 

My Mother Was Going to War

 

I had a dream –

my mother was going to war.

 

In her slippers

and cotton night-gown, loose

over the large tumors

my mother was going to war.

 

I cried and begged her,

“Mom,

stay with us.

 

Stay with us

for two more days –

the war may end

and you won’t even have to fight, Mom.

 

Besides,

how can you carry

the knife

the pistol

the machine gun?”

 

Mom looked at me

and sighed,

but I saw that she

already listened only

to the distant gunfights.

 

 

I Dream of My Mother

 

A bus arrived.

Out of it

looking great and smiling

came my mother.

 

I threw myself at her –

“Where have you been, Mom

all these years when

I’ve been missing you and crying?”

 

She took me by the hand

and then we went

to look for clothes in JC Penny

 

where she piled her shopping cart

with skirts, dresses, scarves and pants

and, radiant, declared –

“I am in heaven.”

 

 

A Dream

 

At my feet – a stack of fish scales.

 

One by one I pick them up

and glue them to my body.

 

I resemble a half-done

3-D puzzle of a fish.

 

I think I may be a trout.

 

Why, in the world, are you doing this?

A passerby cries.

 

I open and close,

open and close,

open and close

my mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the author of three poetry books, most recently The Porcupine of Mind (Broadstone Books, 2012). Her poems have appeared in publications throughout the US and Europe, including The Louisville Review, Margie, Adirondack Review and others. Katerina is the founder of poetry and prose groups in Lexington, Kentucky. She hosts Accents – a radio show for literature, art and culture on WRFL, 88.1 FM, Lexington. In January 2010, Katerina launched Accents Publishing.

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