I Read Tarot in a Motel Room Before My Life Comes Crashing Down

Laura Paul


The housekeeper may not like
that I have witchcraft
strewn across the floor,

but I’ve got bigger plans from above,
contained not in the walls or the roof,
something that bubbles through the air—
a talisman to remind myself
of future plans.

The cards lay out on carpet squares,
room keys made for every hand,
a key. A sign!

The Tower, the Devil,
things quite scarier than Death.
Herbs and angelica, oils made
in a coven.

I cast a spell,
but what’s not to be seen
is the remorse.



Laura Paul is a writer living in Los Angeles. She is the author of Entropy’s monthly horoscope column, Stars to Stories. Previously, her work has been featured by the Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Eohippus Labs, Shirley Magazine, and at the West Hollywood Book Fair and Los Angeles Zine Fair. Raised in Sacramento, she’s earned her B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and her Master’s degree from UCLA where she was the recipient of the 2011 Gilbert Cates Fellowship. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @laura_n_paul.