Totem – by Karen George

In a sea cove, a latched canoe
near a house edged by a cedar forest.

On the stairs, forsaken boots potted
with rooted plum pits newly burst.

In the kitchen, a dusky man
culls an abstract figure
from pale pine wood.

His gravely laugh
the timbre of a raven’s cry

sum of strangled love
the deep drift

of mountain, fir, beaver
the quiet growth of moss

~ Found poem composed/modified from words of Emily Carr’s painting titles

Karen_George_Karen George, author of Swim Your Way Back (2014), A Map and One Year (2018), and Where Wind Tastes Like Pears (2021) from Dos Madres Press, has poetry appearing or forthcoming in Slippery Elm as winner of their 2022 poetry contest, Adirondack Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Cultural Daily, Indianapolis Review, Salamander, and Poet Lore.Her website is: