Wanda Vibing

Courtesy of Flickr/Nancy.

Wanda has moved beyond collisions and is looking
   for vibrations. The lab’s cat makes too much static,

so they nudge him gently past the door.
   Wanda thinks about what cats are for–

this one doesn’t prowl the courtyard or hunt
   the building’s mice, but reposes in a patch

of sun, its ease reverberating off the walls.
   At her computer, with a soundtrack made of distant light,

Wanda isn’t taking any calls because
   she’s listening with headphones to the murmur of it all.

Margaret Ray grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and is the author of Superstitions of the Mid-Atlantic, which was selected by Jericho Brown for the 2020 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship Prize. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets 2021, Threepenny Review, Narrative, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere.
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