Maureen Kelly

I Sought a Peaceful Life

All the nights were the waterbowl

Filled with detergent swirling 

The days were the blue rags

Spun by the spokesman’s wrist

My wish was to contain a cloud

Inside a test tube

And watch the components float

To invent a new marine animal

Similar to the cuttlefish

That lived because of these elements-

Because of neurons and buoyant cuttlebone

Once, I poured out all the

Swirling sediment

And observed the patch on the grass

Where the water had escaped