pull out the arrows
one by one. St. Sebastian
died for you. There is no need, then,
All day the truth is stretched to
Bazooka Joe pushing his luck.
of a flea (mark this flea),
and if you miss it
but will we be there (zen koan)
to see that night's cloak
that makes us think
to witness the unadorned crimes
— Ellen McGrath Smith
Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in Carlow's Madwomen in the Attic program. Her work has been recognized nationally through awards like the Rainmaker and Orlando Prizes, and most recently has appeared in Cimarron, Bayou and The Los Angeles Review. She lives in Polish Hill. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.