the child in her unwinds the wool of words
hummingbirds hover as she plays upon a butterfly table
bookworm devours the unbroken spines of libraries
a girl-guide hand reaches into depression glass
pilgrims ring brass bells through the Oregon grape
big band jazz carpets lazy story-telling afternoons
disciplines ain’t have got and liquid papers F-bombs
opening-days, world-series wagers, cheers upon a lawn chair
she paints to see and sees to be in everything the beauty
our matriarchal elephant, unconditional, you, me, always
Submitted as part of “National Poetry Writing Month – 2017” (#NaPoWriMo2017). Today’s prompt: write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honors someone dead or something gone by … [and] center the elegy on an unusual fact about the person or thing being mourned.
All text and photography © Dale Schierbeck
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