Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from our favorite emerging writers
After a brief hiatus to release Late Stage, gather our thoughts, and do some spring cleaning, The Rail is back this week to bring you three beautiful poems by New York writer Nicolette Reim.
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never met D. H. Lawrence
but knew instinctively
no form of love is wrong
as long as it is love and
you yourself honor what
you have to do.
Love has an extraordinary
variety of forms
and that is all there is in life
it seemed to me
gently above a tree.
THIS IS A LOVE STORY
The gander had a big orange bump on
an orange beak, charlotte-russe feathers
whipped up on a white rump, forsaken
in a bad situation, taken to a sanctuary
where a female goose used to solitary
wandered. His honk, hot honky-tonk,
grabbed her attention. She catapulted,
loosed from a calaboose, a flap, flap, flap,
bowling ball in a straight direction,
shuttlecock slam dunked. Neck to neck,
they intertwined, a twisting tryst. Some
insist they knew each other, two birds
recalling fused a never-forgot-you knot,
perhaps, perhaps not. A glance, meeting
by chance, thumping hearts sense fate that
haply lasts, sidetrack the wrecked world
THROUGH THE MOTIONS
Could be me, not so young, trundling along
with a shopping cart--
a cat lady bringing her pet
to St. Mark’s “Blessing of the Animals.”
Thy is your kingdom, thy will be done,
but she isn’t famous, won’t become in New York City.
On her way to get somewhere fast with new rules
of social distancing, forgot her mask, passes a stranger
who splays himself dramatically against a wall.
On her right a woman, seemingly ice skating,
makes a semicircle, six feet wide.
Bumping a man, he asks for change. She yells,
HOW MUCH CHANGE DO YOU WANT
EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
WE’RE GOING CRAZY WITH CHANGE
I DON’T DO CHANGE ANYMORE.
They both turn away and leave.
Nicolette Reim is a poet, visual artist, and translator who has been published in Mojave River Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Glint Literary Journal, and other publications. She studied art at The New York Studio School and creates visual art pieces based on abstractions from writing and topography. Nicolette is a member of Noho M55 Gallery. She has also studied with poets Alicia Ostriker, Ellen Doré Watson, Michael Waters, and Judith Vollmer and holds a master’s degree in the Life Sciences from Columbia University and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry with a Concentration in Translation from Drew University.