Hermitage By Joseph Fasano

Hermitage By Joseph Fasano It’s true there were times when it was too much and I slipped off in the first light or its last hour and drove up through the crooked way of the valley and swam out to those ruins on an island. Blackbirds were the only music in the spruces, and the […]

Summer Haibun By Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Summer Haibun By Aimee Nezhukumatathil To everything, there is a season of parrots. Instead of feathers, we searched the sky for meteors on our last night. Salamanders use the stars to find their way home. Who knew they could see that far, fix the tiny beads of their eyes on distant arrangements of lights so […]

What I Would Like To Grow In My Garden By Katherine Riegel

What I Would Like To Grow In My Garden By Katherine Riegel Peonies, heavy and pink as ’80s bridesmaid dresses and scented just the same. Sweet pea, because I like clashing smells and the car I drove in college was named that: a pea-green Datsun with a tendency to backfire. Sugar snap peas, which I […]

South By Natasha Trethewey

South By Natasha Trethewey Homo sapiens is the only species to suffer psychological exile. —E. O. Wilson I returned to a stand of pines, bone-thin phalanx flanking the roadside, tangle of understory—a dialectic of dark and light—and magnolias blossoming like afterthought: each flower a surrender, white flags draped among the branches. I returned to land’s […]

Inspirational Poems Page 4
Inspirational Poems Page 4

Hummingbird By Robin Becker

Hummingbird By Robin Becker I love the whir of the creature come to visit the pink flowers in the hanging basket as she does most August mornings, hours away from starvation to store enough energy to survive overnight. The Aztecs saw the refraction of incident light on wings as resurrection of fallen warriors. In autumn, […]

The Fire By Katie Ford

The Fire By Katie Ford When a human is asked about a particular fire, she comes close: then it is too hot, so she turns her face— and that’s when the forest of her bearable life appears, always on the other side of the fire. The fire she’s been asked to tell the story of, […]

Wild Pansy By Lisa Bellamy

Wild Pansy By Lisa Bellamy As a seed, I was shot out the back end of a blue jay when, heedless, she flew over the meadow. She had swallowed me in my homeland when she spied me lying easy under the sun—briefly, I called her Mother before I passed through her gullet like a ghost. […]

Nature Aria By Yi Lei

Nature Aria By Yi Lei Autumn wind chases in From all directions And a thousand chaste leaves Give way. Scatter in me the seeds Of a thousand saplings. Let grow a grassy heaven. On my brow: a sun. This bliss is yours, Living World, and alone it endures. Music at midnight. Young wine. Lovers hand […]

Mercy Beach By Kamilah Aisha Moon

Mercy Beach By Kamilah Aisha Moon Stony trails of jagged beauty rise like stretch marks streaking sand-hips. All the Earth has borne beguiles us & battered bodies build our acres. Babes that sleep in hewn rock cradles learn to bear the hardness coming. Tough grace forged in tender bones— may this serve & bless them […]

For A Coming Extinction By W.S Merwin

For A Coming Extinction By W.S Merwin Gray whale Now that we are sending you to The End That great god Tell him That we who follow you invented forgiveness And forgive nothing I write as though you could understand And I could say it One must always pretend something Among the dying When you […]