Anna Cates

After Gloaming

Sunset in Alabama by Jean Fautrier

Like many children, she was afraid of the dark, when the world outside her bedroom window disappeared when the lights turned on at night, which only made the darkness darker.

She imagined the world outside the window shifting into a parallel reality. There roamed wolves and bears, ready to devour her.

She confessed her suspicion about the wolves and bears to her mother, but Mother only laughed, saying there was no such danger, no wolves and bears, lurking in the dark.

antique quilt . . .
our hodgepodge
of sunsets


About the writer:
Anna Cates graduated from Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English) and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). Her collection of poetry, The Meaning of Life, was published by, her second, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press, and her most recent haibun collection, The Golem & the Nazi, by Red Moon Press.

Image: Sunset in Alabama by Jean Fautrier (1898-1964). Oil on paper on canvas. 60 x 81 cm. 1957. By free license.