Susan Castillo – Boiling a Frog

Boiling a Frog

It’s lovely here in the cauldron.
When the sun rose, I saw the water,
the blue green ripples, on the stove
leapt straight in.

Now I float on my back, inflate/deflate my belly.
I croak in Ribbet Ribbet glee.
Bubbles begin to rise
burst slow against my skin.

Actually it’s getting warm in here.
Relaxing, I suppose, but just a bit
uncomfortable and hot. Steam rises,
spirals into air.

I see a face appear, look down at me,
sharpen a knife, prepare to spear me
with a fork, slice me into
tasty well-cooked morsels.

Susan Castillo Street is a Louisiana expatriate and academic who lives in the Sussex countryside. She is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emeritus, King’s College, University of London, and has published a book of poems titled The Candlewoman’s Trade (Diehard Press, 2003).  Her second collection, Abiding Chemistry, is forthcoming later this spring from Aldrich Press.  Her poems have appeared in The Missing Slate, The Stare’s Nest, Nutshells and Nuggets, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Snakeskin, Literature Today, York Mix), She is a member of three poetry groups, The Conduit Street Poets (London), 52, and Slant 2015.

Susan Castillo – Perhaps An Angel

Perhaps an Angel

Past midnight, A&E.  Nurses check charts, murmur
about coffee, boyfriends, changing shifts.
In a cubicle, a doctor stitches up a scalp
as though he’s making lace.  Deft hands,
cappuccino skin, eyes  bruised gentle almonds.
I know I’ve seen him somewhere.

I flash back to Manhattan. In a museum called the Cloisters
mediaeval faces look down from stone walls.
Enigmatic Virgins, tortured Christs.
In a corner on a plinth there’s a head
of soft brown stone. The face smiles gently down
at hordes of children.  I read the label.

              Perhaps an angel.

Susan Castillo Street is a Louisiana expatriate and academic who lives in the East Sussex countryside. She has published a book of poems titled The Candlewoman’s Trade (Diehard Press, 2003); her poems have appeared in poetry reviews in Scotland, the US, and Luxembourg, and in online publications (The Missing Slate). She is a member of two poetry groups, the Conduit Street Poets (London) and 52.