He pulls up the
carpets/ their blanket
of safe content is easily
ripped/ Upholstery ensconcing
clay/ We watch rapt/ at the floorboards
revealed like a coarse and lost kingdom below/
The hidden ugly parts/ of gripper rods and bent nails/
renders our footing vulnerable/ We lived above the carpet/
all the while naïve/ to a splintered or rotten plank/ The rough wood
exposed to us a new certainty: the wind blows these sticks away from under us.
Sarra Culleno is widely published, writing fiction and poetry for publication, performance, print, audiodramas, podcasts and radio. She was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize, for Nightingale and Sparrow’s Full Collections 2020, and nominated for Best of the Net 2020 by iambapoet. Sarra is a frequent contributor to Fevers of the Mind, and to Alternative Stories and Fake Realities. She co-hosts Write Out Loud at Waterside Arts and performs as both guest and featured poet at numerous literary festivals. Sarra's book, 'Bonds: A Short Story Collection' is forthcoming in November 2021, published by Caab Publishing.