by Elizabeth Buttimer
Where do the words come from?
I don’t know, they float on the breeze
or stride into my kitchen loudly
with timpani and brasses or
petal soft they creep like nocturnal
kittens who carry destiny in scrolls
hooked to their collars and I must
catch them gently or lure them
with catnip or a plate of mackerel
in the open carrier ready to pull
the string and shut the door on
their cubicle till I can disengage
the scrolls from their collars
and put the words on paper
filling a manuscript. Or the words
come pouring out onto the page
from the ethers in the voice
of lesser or major characters
twisting in ways I can’t expect
taking fast turns I can’t foresee,
making a detour from
a perfectly good road.
Unknown creative forces
dance to a tune they
play on a dulcimer I didn’t even
see them carry into the room.
Elizabeth Buttimer has been published in Magnolia Quarterly, Blue Mountain Review, Pure Slush, Reach of Song Anthology and pending publication in Haunted Waters, Splash, Stoneboat, The Halcyone, and another Reach of Song Anthology. Elizabeth received the 2018 Natasha Trethewey Award from the Atlanta Writer's Club, 2018 Honorable Mention in the Faulkner Literary Award, previously second in poetry in the national Let's Write Contest, Cisco Writer's Group Contest 2018 first, second and honorable mention in poetry.