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Memories on Branches

How did a cherry kiss? Bitter flower petals with sweet pistils.
So laden they act as halos while we breathe the love
in a pink hollow, silence sounding like taste, acting like epistle
to hold this moment in a silvery image, like moon, or  dove
low, low, a bowl formed while sunshine flickers above.

Chains of yellow petals hang over our deck, the leaves hands--
offer welcome resting branch, our sheltered home.
Seeds follow close, fragile like beans, hard case to feed the land
crawl before God, they say, be grateful as we weed and stir loam.
Together seeds and flowers and hands make a life a poem.

Awaiting the sumac, the flame at summer's ending is fruitless
we've passed the feathering, the pimping of red underneath bristle
the deer horn softness crawling out in oddest places in a mess
lining the sand pond, above the purpled iris, the pestle
of stone and sun, no rain to bring down sumac's fiery trestle.

Vulturous crows squawk and fight the ring-billed sea gulls
waiting, one in the bared hollow hands of the cottonwood
the other fat-bellied and waddling after rain finally dulls
we're under hoodies,  under shivers, our neighborhood
waits the pinking and mossing, will it unfurl new wood?


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  1. Date: 4/10/2014 1:42:00 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this beautiful poem, once again. A fantastic write, Sheri! Congratulations on your win, as well!...Thank you very much for the kind congrats on my poem. :)
  1. Date: 4/8/2014 1:03:00 AM

    this is OUTSTANDING work. one of the best poems I have read all night and I have been here a long time playing catch up after being gone three days!! just love your imagery. I hope this rated high. congrats. A FAVE
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 6:08:00 PM

    Sheri, , Congratulations, a wonderful win. Thank you:). ~SKAT~
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 12:05:00 PM

    Descriptive of nature's hues in this great winning work..Congrats..Sara
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 7:45:00 AM

    Well said, together they make life a poem, I loved it! Congrats on great win Sheri !!
  1. Date: 3/27/2014 6:08:00 PM

    very poetic in some parts but the last stanza spoiled the beauty of the rest. sorry just being honest.
  1. Date: 3/26/2014 7:28:00 PM

    lovely phrase! [the pimping of red underneath bristle]Light & Love
  1. Date: 3/26/2014 11:28:00 AM

    This is an amazing intermingling of sights and sounds and nature!
  1. Date: 3/24/2014 2:17:00 PM

    how delicately woven, sheri..beauriful!.. SOUP MAIL.. huggs!
  1. Date: 3/16/2014 5:16:00 PM

    I agree with Kelly. Very richly detailed. great imagery. it should do well in the contest.
  1. Date: 3/15/2014 5:07:00 PM

    I really enjoyed your richly detailed descriptions of nature's beauty. It made the poem come to life and I felt like I was there with you. This is a wonderful poem, Sheri! Good luck in the contest!...Thank you so much for the kind comments. :)
  1. Date: 3/12/2014 5:20:00 PM

    Well done. The imagery is just fantastic and copiously rich. I particularly liked the pestle metaphor. Good luck in the contest!
  1. Date: 3/10/2014 6:19:00 PM

    This poem draws you in and slowly informs you that it must be read again.Nicely done.
  1. Date: 3/10/2014 3:10:00 PM

    Reads like a winner for the contest..Very descriptive and expressive one that you have penned..Don't touch the sumac for it might be the poisonous kind..Thanks for the visits to my page..Sara