The White Bike on Rampart

       He said
       “I’ll see you
       except he

       The ice was
       a sheathed
       and his heart
       an open
       pin cushion.

       A ghost bike
       not long after
       the tires came
       and took,
       and some people
       who knew
       the way his
       mouth moved
       put flowers.

       I didn’t.

       You never liked
       as they were
       doomed to die
       too early
       in the teeth
       of the world.

Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher — a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying. Her chapbook Anatomy Lessons is available from Flutter Press. Her play Awake at 4:30 is a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival. Web