Melissa Fry Beasley New Poetry Column: My Roots. Today: Red Corn Song #37

Melissa Fry Beasley New Poetry Column: My Roots. Today: Red Corn Song #37

Yeareah Magazine is proud to present Melissa Fry Beasley’s Poetry. Today, Red Corn Song #37. We hope you enjoy it. Every Monday, a new poem by her.

Melissa Fry Beasley New Column My Roots. Today Red Corn Song #37

Melissa Fry Beasley New Column My Roots. Male flowers. Photo credit: wikipedia

Red Corn Song #37
She sings a song
repeating the world like prayer
She knows he tastes of oceans, tears & loss
What in this world will love him back, like her?
Thinking of him she forgets herself.
She is like turning inward
and away from pain.
Even stars are driven back by
the early light of her dawn.
Hawk wipes scent of sunlight from his wings
knowing if you allow your heart to break completely
you will find your true self.
Magnolias after the storm
fallen beside a rilling stream.
Without her he should believe
in the bounty of drought, of fire, of locusts.
Only bees and stinging things live in such dark,
Having grown old without growing.
Desolate waters and taciturn mountains.
Blue fields breathing their jade to the sun.
You may see tears bright on her cheek,
but not the man she so bitterly loves.
Stony as his grief when he wakes to realize
offerings are not desperation,
but gifts beyond measure.
She was the open bud he did not gather,
waiting instead for an empty bough
where even swallows perch in pairs.
Melissa Fry Beasley New Poetry Column: My Roots.

Melissa Fry Beasley New Poetry Column: My Roots.

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  • A great honor to open this new section: My roots by Melissa Beasley. Congratulations

  • Isabel del Rio

    My Roots, what a wonderful title by this wonderful new column full of different echoes and different traditions and realities. Congratulation Melissa

  • (here martin). COngratulations for your poems, Melissa. We are honored to publish your poems. We hope you all the best in this new section.

  • Thank you so much Isabel and Martin. I am beyond delighted to be a part of such a wonderful and talented family!

  • Aboriginal Artist & Activist, Melissa Fry Beasley, shares her inner being, her insights and her observations of life and the world around us. A rich blend of Traditional Native American and Contemporary Witticism presented in a way that is palatable from a human perspective to all cultures who may chance to endeavor’

  • Ayax

    I think I’m going to love this new section. Congratulations Melissa Fry Beasley. A fan.

  • Isadora

    Good. I hope to read Melissa every Monday.

  • Thanks so much everybody! I am super excited to have the opportunity to share my offerings with you.

  • welcome from gypsywomanworld! i really enjoy reading your pieces – nice to have cross-cultural perspectives! again, welcome!

    • Yareah Magazine is really proud of you both, Melissa and Jenean, Jenean and Melissa. Congratulations!


Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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