Mouths full of bread,
they could not describe
the perpetrator or the
noises they heard.

The scream was forgotten
near the corner of
Rye and Dauphine.

The weapon was rediscovered
sometime later in
an abandoned house
on the other side of town.

Since no one could
explain how it got there,
all the paperwork said
was hooker, dead of
hustling, 11 am, Sunday.

The churches were full.

Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher—a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying. New work is forthcoming in HARK and YAY!LA.