Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-sixth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman.
A downpour empties the rain-choked bowl of a thundering sky
Earth pauses after the soaking
And basks in a gray green glow
Back lit by brushed metallic radiance
That moment just before a new sun breaks through
The last few fat rain drops
Splat on the tin roof of the chicken coop
Bothering brood hens fluffed wide
Over clutches of satin brown eggs
Each hen, eyes half closed in contentment
Chucking quietly to herself
The moist smell of new straw warmed under feathers rises
Then touches the fragrance of strawberries and lavender
From the garden
My small refuge in this frenzied world gone mad over itself
As it speeds down a highway that cuts through corn fields
Near the hedge rows and apple tree grove
Thank you Sandy, that was delightful.
Sandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for www.Moxywomen.com and the creator of the site www.eonwriter.com.
Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests.
She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating www.eonwriter.com, she says, is quite enough.
She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can well see by her site.
If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.
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