Claw by Catherine Moore
She is both the finder and the incubator of the bones. Without her, we lose our cries, our laughter, our shape. The skeletal story remains in disarray. She blindfolds her feet each day with shoes and sets forth and creates from the wrinkled skin of a divine sole. Where the bones are missing a story, she has spent time raking shells, sensing for rachises, and shaking ashes from her nose. How deeply this woman digs into the earth, looking for her toes and her paws.
Catherine Moore is the author of three chapbooks and the forthcoming “Ulla! Ulla!” (Main Street Rag Publishing). Her work appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Caesura, Tishman Review, Southampton Review, Still: the Journal, Mid-American Review and in various anthologies. Catherine holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and she teaches at a community college. She’s tweetable @CatPoetic.