Anna Cates


On the Beach by Josef Wopfner

After shutdown, I watched them the whole lonely afternoon, alone on the beach, mother and daughter. The geese have yet to return.

the red balloon
escapes over the briny waves—
March gales
so briefly they are ours
before slipping from our grasp


About the writer:
Anna Cates is a graduate of Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English) and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). Her first collections of poetry and fiction, The Meaning of Life and The Frog King, were published by Cyberwit Press, and her second poetry collection, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press. Her collection of previously published haibun, The Golem & the Nazi, recently appeared via Red Moon Press, and her collection of religion-themed poems, The Journey, via Resource Publications. She is a member of the Tower Poets of the Yellow Springs, Ohio area and currently resides in Wilmington with her two cats, Freddie and Fifi. She teaches education and English online as an adjunct professor.

Image: On the Beach by Josef Wopfner (1843-1927).  Oil on panel. 2.9 x 5.4 inches. 1912. Public domain.