Beverly M. Collins

Oh Dear!

“My feet have hiccups.” she said.
I was not sure I wanted to hold a vision
of that. I didn’t want to contemplate
what feet could choke or Reflux on.
Oh well…

Wait a minute! Where would the stomach of a
foot be located? There I was “thinking” about it.
I tried not to.

She was not seated in my direct line of vision.
So, my imagination went wild. It ran like a 3-year-old
liquored-up on candy.

I grew a tuba-nosed-cartoon vision of hands that could
cough, fingertips with eye balls. A tiny-eared-humpbacked 
droller. Suddenly, she got up and walked pass me
to relieve the cramps in her feet.

Why didn’t she just say, “I have cramps in my feet?”



Beverly M. Collins is the Author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. Her poems have also appeared in California Quarterly, Poetry Speaks! A year of Great Poems and Poets, The Hidden and the Divine Female Voices in Ireland, The Journal of Modern Poetry, Spectrum, The Altadena Poetry Review and many others.


In 2012, Collins won a prize from the California State Poetry Society. In 2015, she was nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best Independent American Poetry for her piece that appears in the Anthology entitled, Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis. In 2018 she was “short listed” for the Pangolin Review Poetry Prize for her poem, “Shredded” and also gained her 2nd Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem entitled, “Ice.”