Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal). She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com
Poor Little Bear
after Midsommar and Poor Little Bear
a print above Dani’s bed by the Swedish
painter John Bauer
Before familicide, Midsommar, death
kept close at hand as Ativan, you
repose, lips primrose, exhaling baby’s breath
below bear, princess a Swedish artist drew.
The beast of death his own eyes peered young
into, at 36, he picks a boat trip,
abstains from the dangers of the train. Lungs
of lake water slay him, his wife and son, flipped
by excessive weight of freight, 1918.
Did you know this when you looked at them?
The kiss of death proffered by a tiny queen
upon the muzzle of a death machine seems
as much nightmare as a fairytale —
as is a life in which none of us prevails.