set_in_phillyLiz Kerr has had short stories published in Philly Fiction, City Paper, and the anthology “Rust Belt Rising”. Her writing has also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a Registered Nurse on the Heart Transplant team at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and holds dual Irish and American citizenship.


The Ringmaster

In this circus
you juggle your roles with
great finesse
The barker, enticing
take a chance
The trapeze artist
gripping and tossing
without a net
throwing your knives
with expertise
taming with the
crack of your whip

until you fold up
your tent
and move on
to your next
paying audience
the holes from your stakes,
an empty ring.