Midnight Garden Walk, Key West – Katherine Gekker

One palm rat whispers along
                fence slats, barely
                               ahead of a rat snake
that tracks it, patient. I
                place my bare feet carefully.

Wind shuffles palm fronds –
                they swoop, stripe the path,
                                they stripe the low sky.
This rain and wind feel like the start
               of a hurricane, but they’re only

simple wind, simple rain.
              My shift billows, diaphanous.
                            I am dancing in Isadora Duncan’s

scarves, Salomé’s. I can
              seduce anyone tonight beneath
                             fronds like slicing blades.
KGekkerEight of Katherine Gekker’s poems, collectively called …to Cast a Shadow Again, have been set to music by composer Eric Ewazen, and are available on CD and iTunes. Composer Carson Cooman has set a seasonal cycle of another four of my poems, Chasing Down the Moon, to music, available on CD. Other poems have been published in Broadkill Review (forthcoming November 2016), Little Patuxent Review, Little Lantern Press’s anthology on loss (forthcoming November 2016), Northern Virginia Review, and others.