Everything Gold

by Christina M. Rau

in solidarity with Maureen N. McLane’s “Terrible Things Are Happening In Russian Novels”


Everything gold stays put

up or shut up in the tiny safe-

way sale on tomatoes this week

end when plans for planting roses

are red as the Russian novels where

terrible things are happening where

everything is coming up empty

handed me a check for five

up high down low too slow

as molasses in the house of

mirth seven gables stone and light

usher the rising sun the spirits

blues. Margaritas all around.


Christina M. Rau is the author of the poetry chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY, her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and most recently in the journals Queen Mob’s Tea House and Meniscus. In her non-writing life, she practices yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions. Visit her at www.christinamrau.com

Christina M. Rau