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May 2009


Lisa J. Cihlar's work has appeared in Word Riot, Qarrtsiluni, Wicked Alice, Best Poem, and other journals.  One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008.  She lives in South Central Wisconsin.

Find This | Surrounded by Orchards in Door County


Find This

The river swells
with rains of spring.
After the raging,
placid waters flood fields.
Geese and bufflehead
float triumphant.
Sandhill cranes
step slowly, lifting one foot
then the other,
each toe dripping ripples.
Joy every day.
Water recedes.
A willow, undercut,
fallen into the river
barely clinging
to the bank.
Eight turtles line
the trunk.
Plop into the river
as I cross the bridge.
The sandhill cranes
walk the dry fields
step slowly, lifting one foot
then the other,
plucking at corn seedlings.
Still joy.


Surrounded by Orchards in Door County

Apples and cherries,
tell them apart by color
of bark.
All that remains
in the winter orchard
are branches
against bright sky.
before sap rises
scribbles of branches on snow
redbirds dance like flames
The sun shines.  The sky
flashes blue.  There are shadows
for the first time in three weeks.
Yes, the sky is black and low
in the west, and yes, the prediction
is for a deep snow this afternoon,
all night long, and yes, the grocery
store is packed with people
filling bags for the end of the world.
But for this short moment,
my eyes stream from sunshine.

Open Window, Collioure” by Henri Matisse