In a dream I swim,
Pursued by a time chamber
Of pink claws creeping
And snakes that secrete bloodworms—
Slim things ringed with mottled eyes.
Karen L. George
Author’s note: This is a found poem composed from Emily Dickinson’s poem #1670, 1st line: “In Winter in my Room”
Karen L. George’s books include Into the Heartland (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Inner Passage (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), Swim Your Way Back (Dos Madres Press, 2014), The Seed of Me (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and forthcoming The Fire Circle (Blue Lyra Press, 2016). She’s received grants from Kentucky Foundation for Women and Kentucky Arts Council, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Memoir, Louisville Review, Permafrost, Naugatuck River Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Still. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, reviews poetry at Poetry Matters, and is fiction editor of the online journal, Waypoints. Her website is: http://karenlgeorge.snack.ws/.
Artwork: Michael Brack, “The pit”