Swimming with Frogs

By Alison Stone

Ripples connect us

in this bed of water.

Warm air thick from rain

obscures the stars.


Buoyed by darkness,

it is easier to speak

the shame our daylight faces

hide—prayer books


you burned, your mother’s

madness; my scarred arms.

Each story a small

warty fist unfurling.


Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (forthcoming from Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World (Parallel Press 2012) and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is also a visual artist and the creator of the Stone Tarot.

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