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Fawn Lilies in Oregon

Published on:
March 9, 2023
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They’ve come back,
their return remarkable
after waves of pandemic and fire
and so much ice.

Maybe they gathered
star shine through the winter,
studied the small, sturdy wings
of pine siskins. 

There’s a reason their
six stamina mimic
days of creation, their
dainty, dangly bells

ringing life back
to the forest floor,
delicate echoes of
persistent shine.

Colette Tennant
Colette Tennant is an English professor in Salem, Oregon. She has two books of poetry: Commotion of Wings and Eden and After. Her most recent book, Religion in The Handmaid’s Tale: a Brief Guide, was published in 2019 to coincide with Atwood’s publication of The Testaments. Her poems have won various awards and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. They have appeared in various journals, including Prairie SchoonerRattle, and Poetry Ireland Review. She teaches poetry workshops in Oregon and Washington and has taught art in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Great Britain.

Cover image by Nina Pupina.

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