the museum of americana

a literary review

Moonshine (Or My Mother)—Poetry by Crystal Condakes Karlberg

Distilled in the wilds
by a certain light
the low warning bays
 
of hounds
chained to a tree.
Determined to burn
 
all the way down.
Clear as a mirror.
Filling mismatched glasses
 
in dark pool halls.
The slightest bit familiar
even when swallowed 
 
for the first time. Lost 
in the haze of corn-
silk cigarettes
 
behind garages up and down
old Norwood Ave.
Easing the pain 
 
of red-dirt afternoons.
Forbidden. An escape.
Moving like liquid
 
then vapor. A ghost.
Easily conjured
impossible to hold.

~~~
Crystal Condakes Karlberg is a graduate of The Creative Writing Program at Boston University. She teaches writing through her local library. Her work has appeared in Oddball Magazine; Mom Egg Review; SWWIM.