after Trinity, by Kelly Latimore (Click here to view.)
Blue sky, sun warmed where wings as wheat reach out.
Temples rise from land where once was water.
Three varied angels vow to nurture nature’s background.
Unseen, a white-tailed deer bends to scavenge ground.
Tannins thrash tongue, deer spits the acorns out.
Humans leach their distaste out with water.
Our better angels guide us to spit out bitter water.
It’s three decades growth before acorns pounce the ground.
Drought tough white oak it spreads not wearing out.
From reservoir of groundwater, blossoms yet sprout.
Mary Ellen Talley
Mary Ellen Talley’s poems have recently been published in Banshee, Beir Bua, The Plague Papers and The Ekphrastic Review as well as in several anthologies. Her poems have received three Pushcart nominations and her chapbook, Postcards from the Lilac City was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020.
The Ekphrastic Review
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