I think this is what I know:
corn in moronic rows. A few
cows lisping near the barn.
Father in the house cleaning a dish.
Mother cozy in her latest asylum.
Ragweed descends like snow.
Crops on the brain,
father sends me to mice the fields,
his low-ground cat-lover child.
I find no mice skimming the dirt.
I find no cicadas, no starlings.
The sun will come careening
through the kitchen window.
And I will bolt west for
my own feline sky.
Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. She won the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry with her collection Bully Love, published as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection. Her collection Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press) won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award, judged by Stephen Dunn, and the 2017 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. A chapter from her memoir-in-progress was published as a chapbook by New Orleans Review. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.