Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Time Lapse

In a time lapse, nothing happens smoothly. / Red horns quake as they splinter / from limbs on the bottlebrush.

Gabrielle Bates - TIME LAPSE

Time Lapse

A hummingbird is pulled like a bull toward the loudest reds, lands on the inmost branch to preen

the arching back of her green torso. I think of the sentence

while I lowered myself to a frameless, twin-sized mattress:

Your neck looks sobreakable.

Red horns quake as they splinter from limbs on the bottlebrush. It was

walking around the cemetery I liked to visit when the weather was good,

And what did I say to him, Thank you

Gabrielle Bates works for Seattle's poetry-only bookstore Open Books: A Poem Emporium and co-hosts the podcast The Poet Salon. Her work can be found in the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, and The Offing, among other venues. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. www.gabriellebat.es