Homecoming Court: King Coal & Queen Shale Biscuit
Prince Crazy Quilt & Princess Buckwheat Pancake
Ramp Parade—sweet & skunk
Pepperoni Roll Band sponsored by Patriot Coal & Justice
“West Virginia Water Smells Like Licorice”
Fire blooms rainbows
above silver-stemmed plants.
Export: future tall tales
Import: snake, oil, revival
A demitasse rim is too small for mind
don’t slip on frog egg jelly,
sleep on a boat in the River Styx
forever seining pomegranate seed ghosts.
At the Rock & Gem Show
kids eagerly carve soap stone
finger grab bag
genuine Shark’s Teeth: 5 for $1.00
dendrology and gold flaked off Capitol Dome
breakfast-panning for a river’s suture & soul
mouth of opioid mountain
deer antler cataract.
Wanted: A date to the snakeskin revival
under cinnamon banjo moon wearing lichen-fringed boots & fish bone.
Swing lantern so ancestors can find ways home.
Drink: sassafras & elderberry.
Entertainment: puffballs releasing dreams in rain.
Time: labradorite moonfog.
Tune: Wooden spoon castanet and hop tatt until
twig shavings whittle backwards
Paula Kaufman published her first poetry book, Asking the Stars Advice in April, 2018. She works in the Planning Department in Kanawha County, West Virginia and has spent the last six years traveling, studying and teaching in Palestine, Japan and Holland.