Hide Out

A poem by Karen Wolf

(Previously published in Street Light Press.)


She longs to be backyard sequestered,
far away from front yard manicured
perfection of the clipped, trimmed,
plucked, swept, and planted discomfort
like sleeping in her shoes,
on pointe, on display, tightened,
so comments bounce up like
sleet on frozen ground, then melt
seeping into her fragile skinned
confidence-lacking psyche.

Through the back door she pushes
bare toes into warm pond sand,
deep enough to turn off
the judgmental switch and gather
elusive droplets of joy emanating
from rabbits playing leap frog,
deer slipping into prairie brush,
and clouds wiping clean the day’s slate.


Karen Wolf has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Toledo and a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. She has retired from a 30-year teaching career and is semi-retired from her own pet-sitting company. She has been published in Smokey Blue Literary and Art Magazine, Dime Store Review, TreeHouse: An Exhibition of the Arts, The Wagon Magazine, Oasis Journal, Artificium: The Journal, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Lit.Cat, Sobotka Literary Magazine, The Bookends Review, The Drunken Llama, Blynkt, Communicators League, Borfski Press, Raw Dog Press, among others. She says that poetry “soothes the savage beast” and opens her eyes to the beauty that abounds within the world.

New Paths

A poem by Karen Wolf


Silence takes us beneath a berry bush
to view field mice sleeping with milk-filled tummies.
It surrounds a barn owl diving toward prey,
grabbing a toad before it hears a sound.
It muffles giggles, prolonging a game of Hide-and-Go-Seek
way past the street-light-coming-on curfew.
Silence uncovers our ears, letting us distinguish between
sloughing wind sounds through pine trees
from shushing leaf-clapping maples.
It enables a friend to hear heartache
and offer a hug.
Silence opens our hearts to a man in a reflective vest
peddling a three-wheeled bike,
letting us feel his pride of independence.
It quiets early morning air,
revealing scratching sounds of scrabbling raccoons
chasing around a telephone pole.
Silence takes us on new paths.


Karen Wolf has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Toledo and a Master of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. She has retired from a 30-year teaching career and is semi-retired from her own pet-sitting company. She has been published in Smokey Blue Literary and Arts Magazine, Dime Store Review, Tree House: An Exhibition of the Arts, The Wagon Magazine (an international publication), Oasis Journal, and Artificium: The Journal. She also received the E.E. Cummings Free Verse award and the Creative Challenge Award from PRIZM Art-A-Fair 2016. She says that poetry “soothes the savage beast” and opens her eyes to the beauty that abounds within the world.