Imagine Gertrude Stein Sees

A Blue Nipple

the ten month old 

pushes out, pulls in sucks

Does substitution satisfy*

no there there. 

A Potato

eyes on all sides

Alice dices it small

Can she love potatoes

when custard slides.?

Alice has aches &&&

A Chair

only a seat

baby cannot sit

she licks her lips


Gertrude Stein sees

she does witness

ICE grab

 a child who cries

substitution does not satisfy

It is a need  

    Evil is

Mare Leonard lives and works in the Hudson Valley where she is an Associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking and the MAT programs at Bard College. She has published chapbooks of poetry at 2River, Pudding House, Antrim House Press and Red Ochre Lit and The Dark Inside My Hooded Coat is now available on Finishing Line Press on her website. Finally she was nominated for a pushcart in 2018 for a poem published in The Pickled Body, and a narrative poem published in Three Elements will be available in a national anthology in 2019.