Skip to main content
The image depicts a farming town with a dirt road leading to white housing and barns like depicted in Cherl Dunesnil's poem Barn Dance that mentions an earthquake
Original artwork by Harrison West

Barn Dance


Cheryl Dumesnil
Poetry

Today’s caller takes the shape
of a child who emerged

from the fault line
after the earthquake

everyone knew would
come. Her cobweb

teeth, her leaded eyes—
she carries a lambskin

scroll we need to read
but we’re busy tallying

our damages, waiting
for the underwriter

while the hold music drones,
while the hold music drones.

Suggested Reading