3:45 PM

A wet parking lot
On a Christmas afternoon.
Women in rainjackets
Duck into their Mazdas, holding
Lattes. When they drive off,
Their taillights trace red streaks
In long puddles.

About the Author:
Catherine Simpson is a cellist who lives in Santa Barbara. She has been previously published in the Big River Poetry Review, Poydras Review, Splash of Red, Right Hand Pointing, Spectrum, Step Away Magazine, and Into the Teeth of the Wind.