The leaves of the three trees out front
not yet transformed by nip and chill –
frozen in last night’s early snow.
Falling – every one,
in multitudes all at once.
Not like years past . . .
a glow surr...
Change occurs at the edge of things,
the groom said, looking at the photograph
he’d taken of blueberry bushes burning
crimson in autumn on Dolly Sod.
I think of the sun’s bow...
A place between
good-bye and hello,
here and there –
today the airport is deserted.
Few fellow travelers
with whom it is safe
to share secrets,
and fewer behind counters,
who speak of baggage
carried or stowed away,
and of destination.
Instead of a smiling face,
BELOW THE SURFACE
– after an untitled piece by Naomi Richman, a 10th grader at Boulder High
THE MODEL AND HER ARTIST
after “Woman Combing Her Hair,”
charcoal by Edgar Degas
Naked but for bold red slippers –
she sits c...
She speaks of omen, cloying
humidity and a lurid green sky,
on a day years ago when
the funnel rumbled
louder, closer, close.
The din above ground – windows
exploding, trees uprooting,
pick-up trucks flying –
while huddled in the...
DARE I SPEAK OF HEAVEN?
Wild rabbit, stillborn – discovered
in a hunt for bright-colored eggs
hidden among the tulips.
The child doesn’t know what it is,
what it means – looks to me
for clue, some reaction. Last week,
we watched a blue spruce
cut down in its prime. She leaned
AN AFFINITY FOR PLACE
the photo shoot
How long must he hunt for this brocade, this dream of autumn?
The browned grass and clung leaf etched in frost –
EDGE OF EMPATHY
No vault inside me to store
keep secure your secrets.
More sponge, pore-bearer,
sodden. Squeeze me
dry and empty. A wall
to hold me at safe remove?
Too cold, too far, dressed
in a long black ro...
DAY FOLDS INTO NIGHT
A ceramic owl stares from the fence post
to scare away raccoon and vole.
At daybreak, the toddler in my arms
reaches for it – her ooh! an excited mimicry.
Inside, on a shelf stands Athena –
the owl her familiar, whispering in her ear.
In the news – anothe...
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Musings #76 -The Model and Her Artist (Mainstreet Rag)
Musings #75 - Notwithstanding (Plainsongs)
Musings #74 - Dare I Speak of Heaven? (published in Roanoke Review)
Musings #73 - An Affinity for Place (published in POEM)
Musings # 72 - Edge of Empathy (published in POEM)
Musings # 71 - Day Folds Into Night (published in POEM)
Tenacity of Lace