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After D., Memorial Day

A poem

Published on:
July 11, 2018
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a light rain is falling.
   perhaps, like the trace of a breeze
   it will send a fresh spirit of peace
   to a world imploding.
shattered seeds scatter, soft, floating,
   silent as dandelion tufts
   over this particular curve of
   earth, to settle after the
   whispers have died away,
   the sobs have sounded.
Now quicken each shell with impossible life
   where death has sought its place.
Overtake like green shoot vines,
   defiant in destruction’s face
   willing the water of too many
   tears to reign, deep in
   the dark where, in time,
   these lives will heave their
   way to the light once again.

Jody Collins
Jody Collins is in that sweet spot of life between enjoying retirement from teaching elementary school and spending time with her five grandchildren. She and her husband have called the Seattle area home for twenty-five years, where she enjoys gardening, reading, and writing, all of which she considers free therapy. She is the author of Living the Season Well: Reclaiming Christmas and has written poetry for iola magazine, altarwork.com, and The St. Katherine Review. She’s been penning words since Smith-Corona typewriters graced the desks of her middle school, but these days you can find her at jodyleecollins.com and on Twitter and Instagram.

Cover image by Rob Potter.

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