April 23 – Jane Edna Mohler

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The Strays of Incheon

The Strays of Incheon	

At 2 a.m. Korea time, my son roams the streets carrying 
treats for stray cats. They run to him weaving through his legs. 

He wanders before returning to his single room sewed 
into a slim alley crisscrossed by wires. 

It’s morning here when he calls, rants about the faults 
and obligations of his world. I stay quiet.

I don’t know where he’s going
but I’m sure he isn’t calling for directions.

His city cools, sloughs off days of tramping feet 
and roaring motorbikes delivering bibimbap.

He sends video of a cat the neighbors call Little Miss Flower. 
She darts from under a Hyundai plastered with emojis. 

Unattached, they meet between the streetlights, breathing 
the easy darkness.

But couldn’t he do this someplace closer? 

Then I remember a similar distance, and how it opened 
a late-night knowledge that still comes running to me.

Jane Edna Mohler

Published in Gyroscope Review’s Crone Power Issue Fall 2023


Fritz and Minerva take turns looking over my shoulder, in fact, they fight over the chair. Fritz likes brisk poems about birds. Minerva likes poems about food. They hate it when I write about other cats.



Jane Edna Mohler was 2020 Bucks County Poet Laureate, 2016 Winner of Main Street Voices, and placed second in the 2023 Crossroads Contest. Latest publications include Gargoyle, Gyroscope Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, and One Art. Her collection, Broken Umbrellas, was published by Kelsay. Jane is the Poetry Editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal. www.janeednamohler.com

Don’t forget to read the Spring 2024 Issue of Gyroscope Review.

NPM 2024 Poets

April 1 – Cal Freeman

April 2 – Susanna Lang

April 3 – Marion Brown

April 4 – Melissa Huff

April 5 – Elaine Sorrentino

April 6 – Alison Stone

April 7 – Alexandra Fössinger

April 8 – Laurie Kuntz

April 9 – Dick Westheimer

April 10 – Wendy McVicker

April 11 – J.I. Kleinberg

April 12 – Ellen Austin-Li

April 13 – D. Dina Friedman

April 14 – Connie Post

April 15 – Georgina Key

April 16 – Judith McKenzie

April 17 – Jacqueline Jules

April 18 – Amanda Hayden

April 19 – Lisa Zimmerman

April 20 – Richard Jordan

April 21 – Beth Kanell

April 22 – Kari Gunter-Seymour

April 23 – Jane Edna Mohler