Elizabeth Howard, US






snowdrifts cover
toppled poles



luminescent pond
the red berets
of sandhill cranes



boarded windows
exotic chickens scratch
the jumbled trash



Free Verse


Primitive Goddess


On a sun-washed
bluff, high
and lifted up

among trees
of orange, bronze,
gold, and scarlet,

stands a massive
gray stone,
like a primitive

goddess, union
of woman and animal,
deity perhaps

of harvest colors.
Her alligator head
overlooks a blue

lake, bordered
by golden grain fields
and green valleys.

I bow to the beauty,
the mystery, knees
purple with asters.









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