Tag Archives: seasonal

Summer it seems

is over —

children back to school,

leaves dropping careless

on the lawn, roses laced

with Japanese beetles.

Petunias nod

in their sad pots . . .

–Excerpt from “Summer it seems” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Chaffin Journal.

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Hunger

. . . Spring will bring mud

and blossom, meringue

sugaring a cloud of leaves.

–Excerpt from “Hunger” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Cairn.

Letter from the Desert Museum

On the coldest day in two decades,

Chicago’s snow is heaped mid-thigh,

schools have dispensed with children,

and cars creep in a creamsickle dawn . . .

–Excerpt from “Letter from the Desert Museum” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Atlanta Review.

The Heartland

The Heartland is starry tonight

while the rest of the world

lies buried in white drifts

spiraling out of a gray sky.

But our sky is deep blue, dark and pure,

made of suffering . . .

–Excerpt from “The Heartland” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Homestead Review.

Winter Berries

Crimson pearls

cling with clustered fingers

to the crabapple trees

as if to relax one second

would bring catastrophe . . .

–Excerpt from “Winter Berries” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016).  First published in Third Wednesday Journal.

Winter Song

From an unknown tree

in a neighbor’s yard floats

a ghostly cry, more of a hum

 

but not quite that, three notes

under a clear lunar sky

swamped with stars.

–Excerpt from “Winter Song” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Olentangy Review.

Risk

Snowfall changes everything.

Safer to be in the sky’s dark womb,

a dying star nestled in cold beyond comprehension,

than to become a single flake

among thousands more . . .

–Excerpt from “Risk” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago 2016). First published in Journal of the American Medical Association.