Frog Hollow (Excerpt)
By VICKIE DIESCHER
My dream last night was mostly of the woods above the creek
particularly the hemlock hill.
I was wandering in the crooked, charcoal trees, sun shining in patches through the limbs
rust colored fallen needles all about me on the rocky root-woven ground.
I was thinking of god, wondering where he was.
By KATHLEEN G. GRIMALDI
Dark green trees
etched sharply in silver light
cast their long shadows
across the glistening snow.
These strong silent presences
as surely as
any ancient sage.
Pointing to the distant stars,
they still send their roots
under and down through the earth
for the nourishment that sustains them.
Their home is here.
At the darkest time of the year,
they speak of a light invisible,
of an energy so strong, so silent, so enduring.
Walking the Plank Road
By WILL CONWAY
Two wooden sentries spin in white and gray.
Bent trunks, shaped by sun, twist as if to pray.
They stand as one, as we, in loves embrace.
Soft needles brush a fanned and leafy face.
Such truth, as bound trees share in sandy loam,
ignites a precious joy wed call our own.
Their corkscrewed form winds leftward at the sky
in a way that lingers, and draws a sigh.
Iconic beacon flushing bird and breeze,
these steadfast lovers are something more than trees.
Its we who spiral on earths vacant space
in earnest guise to make a nesting place.
Heaven would bind us with what is below
sparking passions coil with remembered glow.
This weeks Celebrations poets:
Will Conway is a Master Gardener who lives and writes in Mongaup Valley, NY. He writes a gardening column the first week of every month for The River Reporter.
Vickie Diescher enjoys a simple life in the Damascus, PA countryside, writing when the muse blesses her and laughing ceaselessly at lifes challenging moments.
Kathleen G. Grimaldi lives and writes in Lords Valley, PA. In summers, she divides her time between the mountains of Connecticut, where she grew up, and the mountains along the Delaware in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in two anthologies and she has been a participating poet in the Robert Frost Festival of Poetry held annually at his farm in New Hampshire.