Claire Scott

is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Enizagam, New Ohio Review and Healing Muse, among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.

Essential Illusions

Your shawl tossed across our bed
the Hermès we bought in London
for your sixtieth birthday
your pale blue toothbrush in
the I HEART YOU mug
a shopping list on the bulletin board
           cilantro, asparagus, eggs, fontina for sure an omelette tonight
your desk covered with papers and poems
one about our grandson
whose hazel eyes are just like yours
notes in the margins of Merwin
hints of what’s to come

Impossible to grieve
while you are still alive

Ghost Light

Ghosts of the unreal      invade our nights
              ambush our days

At first murmuring/rustling/subtly stalking
then shouting/striding/staking a claim,
setting up camp complete with tents,
sleeping bags, energy bars, coffee makers
& megaphones
              melanoma for sure only a few months left

We loop/obsess/grab Vallium/
gulp scotch/smoke weed
tortured by thoughts
              a tornado ripping off the roof
tormented by tomorrows

That’s what we do, us humans
we haunt ourselves