Susan McCaslin — Slippage

Poet name: Susan McCaslin Poem title: Slippage Poem: Somewhere down a country lane in an old family photo you are holding me, mother slender, your dark hair swept up off your neck wearing a post-war print housedress against dark curves of our blue Ford my left twinned to your left forearm my long legs dangling in child’s pose I am deep-breathing from toe to crown before the 60’s knocked you off kilter before your gagging breakdown left our family fear-fleshed as if a child had somehow tumbled from her mother’s arms and crashed on her head whether I dreamed or created this scenario to explain our twinned worlds all I know now is your laughter bloomed, boomed through mind scars and pain End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Susan McCaslin Susan McCaslin has published fifteen volumes of poetry including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2017). She recently published a volume of creative non-fiction with fellow poet J.S. Porter, Superabundantly Alive: Thomas Merton’s Dance with the Feminine (Wood Lake, 2018). Susan lives near Fort Langley, BC, where she can often be found walking near the Fraser River with her dog Rosie.