Iris A. Law is a poet, editor, and educator living in the San Francisco Bay area. A Kundiman fellow and two-time Pushcart nominee whose poems have appeared in Counterclock, wildness, Waxwing, Dusie, and other journals, she is also founding coeditor of the online literary magazine Lantern Review. Her chapbook, Periodicity, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.
Iris A. Law
After the funeral, there are so many baskets.
Spoiled apples slump in their cellophane slings.
Past-ripe peaches liquidize beneath my thumbs.
I sit at the kitchen table with a board and a knife,
trying to save the flesh that remains. There is still
so much waste. I want to gather it all in my hands,