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