Clarissa on the roof

Clarissa on the roof
holds on to the lightning rod.
People take her in their stride.
After all, the villagers have seen it coming.

“It started when her mum
locked herself in
and painted tsunamis.”

“Yeah, and then her dad
built a boat in the living room.”

“They had to take out the wall
to move it!”

Clarissa above the flood waters
waits to be picked up.


Secret Knowledge

The ‘p’, the ‘b’, the ‘d’, the ‘q’
were shapeshifters.
He had seen them
dance away
and he
couldn’t catch them.

His parents called him ‘stupid’.
But they didn’t know
that he flew with blue horses
when nobody was looking.


These poems also appears on Tangents, a poetry collection by Rose Mary Boehm.


About the Poet:  A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of TANGENTS, a poetry collection published in the UK in 2010/2011, her work has been widely published in US poetry journals (online and print). She was twice winner of the Goodreads monthly competition, a new poetry collection (‘From the Ruhr to Somewhere Near Dresden 1939-1949 : A Child’s Journey) has been published by Aldrich Press in May 2016, and a new collection (Peru Blues) is about to be published by Kelsay Books.


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