Cleopatra of the Catawba
by Douglas Ann McHargue
Her back a young tall column
and the raft a vinyl barge
the woman reigns,
the boy paddles up river,
Camera strapped to her chest
she holds her head regally
but stiff as Egyptian drawings,
Cleopatra exploring small beasts’ worlds,
comparing their web to hers.
The boy is movement
his muscles pushing the raft
but silent as Cleopatra’s slave
who thinks if he throws down the oar
and dives in, how he will
open the waters.
Bio: Douglas McHargue is a poet living in Statesville, NC.
wonderful Doug 🙂
Wow, Doug. The image of this latter-day Cleopatra etches into the mind a lasting impression. Thanks for sharing the poem with us…. 🙂
Thanks for checking it out, Harold. Good to hear from you!