By Alison Stone & Eric Greinke

After the raven on the lawn
and the pasta squiggled to hieroglyphics
in the bowl, it was no surprise
when the basement door flew open
and there you were, conspicuously revealing
the last clue, that skeleton key.
If only one of us remembered
where we hid the locked box.
We walked 500 paces into the past
and tried to remember
who we were then
and what we would have done.
My striped leggings and
practiced half-smile
should offer a clue, but
we were in a different mood.
It was a key that used to open
everything in a house. But now,
a combination was needed,
something about forgiveness
and deft fingers, three turns
to the left to clear the lock,
and a satisfying click to climax.
I’m so pleased you dropped that key.


Eric Greinke has two new Presa Press books scheduled for 2016, Poets In Review (a collection of forty-six reviews written from 1972 to the present) and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems with Glenna Luschei. Recent work has appeared in the Aurorean, Delaware Poetry Review, Forge, Gargoyle, Home Planet News, Ibbetson Street, Main St. Rag, Poem, The Pedestal, So It Goes, Solo Novo and as a fine art broadside by Adastra Press. His poetry has found a large international audience.

Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World: Poems in the Voices of the Major Arcana of the Tarot (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. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is currently editing an anthology of poems on the Persephone/Demeter myth.

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