Charlotte Hamrick’s poetry, prose, and photography has been published in numerous online and print journals including Foliate Oak, MORIA, Pithead Chapel, and The Rumpus. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a Finalist for the 15th Glass Woman Prize for her Creative Non-Fiction. She is Creative Nonfiction Editor for Barren Magazine and lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets.
Call and Response
After-life is waiting, treading water.
Hovering there beyond the sun as I sit
in my bones and pull blankets over
my head. Church bells count the hours
until there is no more weaving of fine wool
or forging of metal.
Euterpe plays her flute while I hold
my breath in preparation,
singing to the crescent moon.
Might I save my grandmother’s letters,
my sister’s photos,
from the muddy river bottom?
I am standing on the levee, bare feet
in soft sand, holding a lantern, looking
for lost souls and lost ships.
On the other bank, an answering light.
This is where I decide.