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***Poetry Contest #10: Second Place***

Poetry by Kate Marshall Flaherty

Devious
Published September 4, 2016
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Devious

We could barely speak French
for the laughing

and used whatever
fractured
francais we could
trouble ourselves to mumble
searching for a corkscrew

which we never found, so
we pounded the cork
down into red wine
(where they don’t seem to care
if you drink
en metro,
in a lobby, rooftop or the park)

and found a place beneath the bridge,
where the rain ceased,
smearing to twilight-mauve

All we had scrounged
were matches, cheese, a crusty baguette,
and a votive candle
stolen from the intention box
when it rained

(at least we prayed
and thanked God for it)

We broke the bread,
divided the chunk
of sharp cheese, hoped
the rain would keep off

Each of us
played guardian
as the others slept, illuminated
by the gluttonous moon,

thinking this was a better place
to spend the night
than jail,
the only
pension left
in
la vielle ville

on this weirdest of evenings,
we all blamed the equinox.



Biography
Kate Marshall Flaherty published her most recent book, Stone Soup with
Quattro Books, the same year as
Reaching V, with Guernica Editions. She
has been published in Canadian journals such as
CV2, Descant, Grain,
Malahat Review, and Vallum, international Anthologies such as Not A Muse,
and American Journals such as
Saranac Review. She was Shortlisted for
Descant’s Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Robert
Frost Poetry Prize and Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award. She
guides Golden Rule Leadership Retreats, Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Workshops and yoga classes. She is proud to be the mother of three
spirited young adults. Kate lives in Toronto, where she has been known to
poem people during National Random Acts of Poetry weeks. She is now
the Toronto rep. for the League of Canadian Poets. Poetry is her lifeline.

www.katemarshallflaherty.ca
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