Katrenia Kiger is a small-town mom determined to teach her children about love and inclusivity through the stories they inspire. Visit her on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2023, and owned by Katrenia Kiger and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
In His Eyes
“Stay-at-home moms live a life of mediocrity”
I wake up to unruly frizz where delicate spirals were just the night before,
A toothy smile spreads across his face,
I see the ocean waves in his eyes ready to wash the fascinating unknown to shore.
Benjamin Harnett is a poet, fiction writer, historian, and digital engineer. His poetry has appeared recently in Poet Lore, Saranac Review, ENTROPY, and the Evansville Review. He is the author of the novel THE HAPPY VALLEY and the short story collection GIGANTIC. He lives in Cherry Valley, NY with his wife Toni and their collection of eccentric pets. He works for The New York Times. Visit Benjamin on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2023, and owned by Benjamin Harnett and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The Ancient Model
We’re obsessed with models these days,
at least I am, all kinds. Plato
called them forms—I wonder
if his reached 72 inches
in bare feet. What must it be like
to be a young exemplar
of an ancient model, an old pattern
but a new day. I read somewhere
that the magnolia (when you read that
you will take it wrong—I mean
the little tree we planted
whose white flowers pop like
stars, not some heavy, southern-coded
thing) might have been the first
kind of flower to grace
the world. Magnolia, the dinosaurs
saw you, and the world’s first bee.
The ancient model had
gods for everything, and people
of the sea. There are no new models,
thought Einstein, but only
everything that was
and everything that is, and everything
that will be.