so she can foretell the future while
making beds, doing the laundry
emptying the cat box
She answers with whatever
is that not how inspiration works?
You will meet your true love
long walks and dinners by candlelight
Your daughter is not dead
She has never stopped loving you
Your chainsaw is closer
by an immigrant
Her job has awakened her mind:
she sees the purple haze of henbit
spread and turn to magenta
waking in tousled fencerows
feels the eyes of potatoes open
In that moment she believes
she can understand the crows
and is suddenly certain
that today fate will bring her
and that soon she will be able to predict her past.
Elaine Palencia is the author of six books of fiction, three poetry chapbooks, and a short monograph, The Literary Heritage of Hindman Settlement School. Her work has received seven Pushcart Prize nominations and is forthcoming in Good Works Review and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.