The South Shore

Pack it, a taste of mule

The East Chicago man with an Egyptian jawbone 
               And a Harley Davidson jacket

Opines across the aisle

She was too beautiful to be hooking

We’re all too beautiful 
To be on this train 

The Notre Dame law students 
Having a sidebar

My standard of living

No, ma’am, I don’t have a pen or a pain killer

I have a 4x2 Japanese silk screen print
From the Art Institute that is teetering

Above my head all four seasons of fishes

And flowers in progression

The last stop is South Bend
You won’t miss it

A long quietude

Charmi Keranen holds a BA in English from Indiana University, South Bend. For the past 21 years she has worked in Northern Indiana as a freelance writer and proofreader of court transcripts. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Salt River Review, JMWW, Stirring, blossombones, elimae, The Dirty Napkin, Passages North, Ouroboros Review, and is forthcoming at Sugar House Review.