Kitchen Mesa from Paula T. Reed’s Painting
Kathy Gilbert (San Francisco State University, USA)
Cerulean sky Georgia O’Keefe country
Sandstone, limestone, glaucous chert:
Tierra Amarillo. In the rock two girls blindfolded
heads back to back within gypsum striations.
Girl on left has fist to chin, grimaced teeth,
Strains to pull away from her conjoined twin.
Girl on right has gauzy yellow bandana hole torn
one eye stares out and up fearfully,
she with jagged vermillion mouth edging down.
Purple blood seeps in the crevices between the two
staining their forests worn as green shoulder epaulets.
Kathy Gilbert, a graduate student in the MFA program at San Francisco State University, drove a SF Municipal bus for three years after graduating from Cornell University. Her interests include language, history, and political science. Twice first place winner in the SF Browning Society Monologue contest, she resides in the fog belt of Daly City, California with her son, Eli. To relax, she swims.