Kalos, Meaning Beautiful and Eidos, Meaning Form
The brushstrokes could be rooftops
beneath a suggestion of clouds,
or three simple houses facing a meadow
of chartreuse patched with India green.
Here, a bridge over a stream becomes
a footpath that lends to a grove of trees
where pink lessens the space between
the gunmetal pines like blossoms
urgent for spring.
Otherwise, the path leads to shadows.
A blue cascade down the margin.
Maybe a waterfall sustaining
the countless dots lining a knoll
low at the center of the frame—
or a gesture of hope in advance
of the red heavy and cornered
along the base. Maples or fire?
This summer I explained ash
to a child. I taught him to write lines
with a charcoal stick, sketching
letters against a metal bin.
As the wood burned in the fire pit,
I said the ash forms what’s yet to be,
nature’s colours and shapes, like patterns
in a kaleidoscope waiting to be turned.
Jennifer Dorner's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, Cirque, Clackamas Literary Review, Cloudbank, New Ohio Review, San Pedro River Review, Sugar House Review, The Inflectionist Review, Timberline Review, and other journals. In 2019, Dorner's poems placed 1st in the Willamette Writer’s Kay Snow Award for Poetry as well as 1st in two of Oregon Poetry Association's spring contests. In 2020, she was longlisted for Palette Poetry's Sappho Prize. Dorner completed her MFA at Pacific University in 2020.
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