“Don’t Leave the Lake” by Cate Peebles

What happens when you run

away is you get to the nearest

pine before the freeway but

no further—you break a hand

on the barrier between last

year and this, missing only

the biggest points of basalt

obviously telling you the eclipse

is in Capricorn tonight and

your keys are in the trees back

yonder behind you where a

red or purple flower grows

inside the footprint from after

last night’s storm you made with

your own right heel, that’s what

holds the world together—

a ruddy thing rising in the woods

Cate Peebles is the author of Thicket (Lost Roads Press 2018), selected by Eric Baus and Andrea Rexillius for the 2017 Besmilr Brigham Award. She has published several chapbooks, including The Woodlands (Sixth Finch Books) and James (dancing girl press) and her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Tin House, jubilat, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere; new work is forthcoming in Tammy and American Poetry Review. She is a museum archivist at the Yale Center for British Art.

Photo: “Half Truths Only” by Bobbi Le’ Rae Valentin

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