Laurie Kolp


To Fill the Hole


Leave after the clay hardens,

deformed. Leave after

you become detached, later

you will forget.


Tomorrow’s nightmare, you

crumble in an avalanche

of regret. A branch catches

your dainty heart and leaves it


like an ornament. With careful hands I

try to untangle its remains

but it’s too late.


Piece by piece I pocket

pebbles. I long to

put them back together

like a jigsaw puzzle, place

each broken part side

by side so you might

know peace.


The deformities prevented us

from being whole.


Tonight I pray

to fill the hole

you left.






Award-winning poet Laurie Kolp is the author of Upon the Blue Couch and Hello, it’s Your Mother. She serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and gathers monthly with local members of the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in Poet’s Market, Concho River Review, Scissors & Spackle, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain, and more. She lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children and two dogs. Learn more about Laurie @KolpLaurie on Twitter and on her website http://lauriekolp.com.



Deep Water Literary Journal

2016 - Issue 1 - February







Sylvia Ashby (USA)



Goodness Lanre Ayoola (Nigeria)

trails of blood


Jeff Burt (USA)

Black River Nocturne


Sharon Cote (USA)

The Limits of Metamorphosis


Strider Marcus Jones (England)

Clouds of Chaotic Crowds

Dark Drawn Man

Does Her Far Beauty Know


Richard King Perkins II (USA)

A Secret Rapture


Steve Klepetar (USA)

Geography of the Dead

The Sailor Who Walked on the Sea


Laurie Kolp (USA)

hopeless mortification

To Fill the Hole


Marie C. Lecrivain (USA)

Within the Whitethorn


Marcas Mac an Tuairneir (UK)

Tinneas | Syndrome


Stanley Princewill McDaniels (Nigeria)

For Derek


Peter O’Neill (Ireland)

The Drunken Boat


James G. Piatt (USA)

He Thought of Her



John Saunders (Ireland)

The Curse


Ajise Vincent (Nigeria)



Olin Wish (USA)

War Orphan


Christopher Woods (USA)

Night Pier at Squam Lake


Susan Zerner (USA)

Last Moment with My Mother

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