Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Shadows & Snakes

—Poetry by Julie A. Dickson, Exeter, NH
—Public Domain Photos Courtesy of
Julie Dickson
Her braided hair
snakes entwined
I’ve seen her before
tattooed on many
Do they choose her
to fend off suitors,
love-immune, that
closed-off heart?
Stay away you,
lest I turn you to stone
and soon you’ll be cold
as my wounded heart
hand extended
a warning to any 
brave to come near,
yet it is I who fear you.

Does a babe
swaddled tight
in a burnt-out house
lie in wait
for its mother
to rouse from sleep
not knowing
has torn through
their village
her cries
too weak to be heard
over gunfire
mortar blasts
like the one that destroyed
the roof
moonlit sky
illuminates mother’s still face
she cries
eyes closed shut
against bursts of light,
acrid smoke
she sleeps near the corpse
that will never wake

Sun eclipses pasture,
dark shadows the field,
covers livestock grazing;
none stop to gaze up.
Arial view, celestial crop
circles mingle, crisscrossed
lines delineate cart paths,
plow marks like scratches.
Rows of bright yellow,
whether tulips or daffodils,
loaded wagons to market
run between cow corn carts
headed to silo conveyor—
wheat sways, gentle rustle
symphony of fragrant farm
adds to late summer song.


Tonight’s LittleNip:

Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’e listening.
—Allen Ginsberg


—Medusa, with thanks to Julie Dickson for stopping by with today’s fine poetry and photos!
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