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Wednesday, May 24, 2023


by Katherine Shehadeh


      (n) commitment to traditional values and ideas with opposition to change or innovation. (Oxford Languages 2023). 


I wonder what we’re clinging to

a deluge of half-sunken flags


a little boy shot dead, his hand 

forever blue in an ice cream cooler


his brother, the driver, wishes

he’d just trusted his sixth sense


not gone so late, recalls seeing the future 

suicided face of the murder-suicider


at the place on the corner that’s 

supposed to be convenient, 


& mom asks if it’s safe to go 

to the Middle East.


I mention the latest mass shooting, not 

the one in Texas or the car ramming from that weekend


a deluge of half-sunken flags

I wonder what we’re clinging to

Katherine Shehadeh is a poet, attorney, and current reader for Chestnut Review who resides with her family in Miami, Florida. Her recent poems appear in Maudlin House, Drunk Monkeys, Saw Palm, & others. Find her on Twitter @your_mominlaw or Instagram @katherinesarts.