Laurie Kolp

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.

Dream Vision

~ 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.

Forbidden consent

is silenced by

metronomic waves

she rests upon, dreams.

Half undressed when awakened,

she peppers blood as if their love

was meant for more than

abandoned mornings after.