Two Poems by RC deWinter

islanded

i used to be unafraid
hungry for the world
flexible spring wheat
waving in a summer breeze

when the sun disappeared
the energy for growing and all the rest
went with it
a deluge drowned all the greenness

when the rain stopped
there was a heaviness that could not be shifted
strangling everything in tangled brown roots

leprous
scaled
the only things capable of sprouting in that mud

now even they are dead
still too heavy to shift
blocking the sunlight from reaching my heart
leaving me a sterile island around which flows
the silvery stream of life


Sound Waves

The music in your voice
stirs waves of longing in my heart.
I wonder –
can legs sprout and grow
to leap and dance to your rhythm,
or will those waves be stilled
by the indifference of bedrock –
stone laid long ago,
feathered with the ash of grace notes,
consumed by the hot and hungry tongues
of lies?

 

RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Nature In The Now (Tiny Seed Press, 2019), in print: 2River, Adelaide Magazine, Gravitas, In Parentheses, Meat for Tea, Night Picnic Journal, Prairie Schooner, SouthwordVariant Literature among others and appears in numerous online literary journals.

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