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  November 2017
volume 14 number 2
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Kelley White November 2017
   

 

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    Pediatrician Kelley White worked in inner city Philadelphia and now works in rural New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in journals including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle and JAMA. Her most recent books are Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds In Flame (Beech River Books.) She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant.

   

 

In the Cold of Your Shadow

An owl opens his wings
and takes silent flight.
He settles beside me
near the hollow trunk
of the tree I have chosen
as a place of safety,
as a place to die.
His eyes are golden.
The darkness at their center
draws me out into the wind
and I fall, I endlessly tumble
into the cold
of your shadow’s forgetting.

copyright 2017 Kelley White

   

 

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Poor uncle of Lady Slipper and Trillium
hiding in mossy bank and the folds of dense pine
my hands parting ferns find you
erect in your own house, your furred body pale
as a candle lighting your own canopy—
I will whisper to you little prince of pine
needle and trailing vine: ‘Stay, you are not alone.
There is enough water. We both can drown.’

copyright 2017 Kelley White