Late August, a cat rolling in mown grass flips to its back again, then to its feet, half sun-drunk, half whiplash tail. I am loved. Not. Am. I’ve mastered these tricks: at parties after my husband’s “break a leg,” rolling an ice cube on my tongue, my eyes rolling over crowded rooms, my body buckled forward rolling over words. Rolling my eyes, having blood drawn, the vial filling slowly as flood water rising. Rolling through one marriage, then breaking it off, holing up, each of us rolling away into our second marriages, pretending to be dead.


Pushcart Prize recipient Dzvinia Orlowsky has published five poetry collections with Carnegie Mellon University Press including Silvertone (2013) and A Handful of Bees reprinted as a CMUP Classic Contemporary edition.

Photo Credit: steve p2008

2 Responses to “Rolling”

  1. Craig Jobson says:

    No doubt Ms. Orlowsky, you wrote your poems just for me.

    I love your observational poems and how you turn phrases so beautifully and adroitly.

    You amaze me with simple words only to take me somewhere that’s profound.

    As long as you write, I’ll read whatever you put on paper.

  2. Letina Kelly says:

    Enjoyed it. It makes you feel when you read it. Very well written.

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