Each Awaits Its Rising
Peeling paint lifts into landscape,
reeds like a legion of spearheads
splitting still water. Shore fronds lean
to catch a glimpse of themselves
as they expire. Clouds bring together
jagged edges, a clapping before
thunderclaps, a closing of hasps. Bark labia
round into dark lips, trunk
opening a birth canal to light. Close by,
a lone figure considers, perhaps
stepping, perhaps readying for a leap,
each form awaiting
its continued rising, offering itself
to wind and to weather.
Devon Balwit is a poet and educator from Portland, Oregon. She has a chapbook, Forms Most Marvelous, forthcoming from dancing girl press (summer 2017). Her recent poems have appeared in numerous print/on-line journals, among them: Oyez, Red Paint Hill, The Ekphrastic Review, Serving House Journal, The Journal of Applied Poetics, Emerge Literary Journal, Timberline Review, Trailhead Magazine VCFA, The Prick of the Spindle, and Permafrost.
The Ekphrastic Review
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