My poems published in Fevers of the Mind, Poets of 2020. Thank you so much to EIC, David L O’Nan!
Thanksgiving, the Year of Covid-19
We passed the dish of memory,
transferring without hand-touching the squirrel-shaped mold–
its ceramic a bit care-worn, appearing empty,
though we knew it was full of recollections and dreams,
tart and sweet, like the cranberry sauce that once filled it,
and would do so again. Now these thoughts of past Thanksgivings,
filled it, dripping over to fall in tears.
It won’t be the same, we say, and do you remember?
Her laugh, our laughs together–
not together this year
Here and Hereafter
From misted dreams, the clouds blow back black
as sky-ships spray incandescent shimmer,
and with whispered wonder
sing, bring, ring-in the pink-rosed day.
This after disaster, hereafter and if–
the moon comes blue, and hums a riff
for the sad sea, and those you see, in-between drifts
of shadow and shine, the haunted souls
of those who played with diamond cool, embracing now
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Congratulations Merril. I enjoy reading the Thanksgiving poem as a look back with hopes of a more positive future.
Thank you very much, Frank.
Congratulations, Merril! Such lovely poems. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much, Jill!
Bravo! Each of these merits multiple readings – collectively a capture of this past year’s emotional terrain. I especially like “Shelter for Dreams”.
Thank you so much for reading!
Fantastic! Love the three choices.
Thank you very much! 😀
Huge kudos to you, MS. All three tock, but I was particularly captivated by #3, with its dreamshelter. Congratulations!
Thank you so much for reading them, Ron!
Congratulations, Merril! The Thanksgiving poem really tugged at my heart, but I loved all three 🙂 xoxo
Thank you so much, Marie!
A very well deserved honour, Merril. A nicely varied selection
Thank you very much, Derrick!
Congratulations on your latest publications, Merril! I’m very taken with the Thanksgiving poem, which speaks for your family and for so many others.
Thank you so much, Liz. I think I may have shared that one before with a photo of the actual dish. I’m pleased it resonates with you.
You’re welcome, Merril. I think you did share the Thanksgiving poem before as well as the dish. Both are memorable.
Thank you very much, Liz!
You’re welcome, Merril!
Congratulations, Merril! Your pieces shimmer with sense and sensory detail!
Thank you so much, Marian!
Congratulations, Merril. It was a trying year, but we persevere and your poems reflect that. Well done.
Thank you very much, Ken!
Congratulations!!! Lovely poems! 🙂 I could read them over and over, and still find something new…a word that softly echos in my mind, an image to recall again and again, pebbles on the beach of time in remembrance of things that stir our hearts.
What a lovely comment, Linda! Thank you so much! I’m so please my poems touched you.