The Hidden Staircase
after Nancy Drew, Number Two, in which
Nancy Drew investigates in tunnels and
hidden staircases and I investigate
the hidden staircase to peace of mind
one descends in meditation and
A hidden staircase wraps about our spines
descending when the obicularis
occuli buries eyes in flesh confines;
oblivion abducts embryonic minds. Mist
obscures succeeding steps. Mirrored walls
reflect phosphorescent silhouettes which
we understand are consequent to all
the deliquesce of desiccating witches,
withered of their wherewithal. We sink
into ovate interiors deprived
of macaroon exteriors, penny
loafers, antique broach, cream crocheted knee-high
socks, unrealistic hopes for mankind
left behind investigating peace of mind.
The Bungalow Mystery
after Nancy Drew, Number Three, in which
Nancy Drew investigates a fraud in a bungalow.
In this sonnet I encounter a fraud in a bungalow.
He wears tailored suits, says he has meetings.
In his bungalow, you crawl across his sheets
for beatings towards a silver buckle V,
doubled over leather snaps viscously.
He asks, after, questions, gives you advice. He
critiques nude careers while you play nice — ten
years your senior, respect his mystery
and age. Swallow what is offered then
politely disengage once you are untied
from posts of his living room bed,
pedantic semantics in lieu of lies.
He is ever careful with what is said
commentary on what you do to pay bills.
Does not mention his trust fund and never will.
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