Laurie Kolp’s poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Anthology VIII: Texas, Stirring, Whale Road Review, Pith, Rust + Moth, and more. Her poetry books include the full-length Upon the Blue Couch and chapbook Hello, It’s Your Mother. An avid runner and lover of nature, Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
~ inspired by The Dream, Henri Matisse (1940)
The egg lies within the mother
while she sleeps like a baby.
It is unaware of its destiny:
to live for 90 days and die.
The mother dreams of the egg
come fruition, a child to cradle
in her arms and hold to her breast.
Little does she know she’ll never
have the chance even though the egg
vibrates its love into her heart.
The Hypnotic Hour
~inspired by Pablo Picasso’s, A Dream (1932)
Drunken passion splits
sleep, a nest
of probing hands.
In minutes, logic
leans to one side
while the other side
stirs in yearning.
is silenced by
she rests upon, dreams.
Half undressed when awakened,
she peppers blood as if their love
was meant for more than
abandoned mornings after.