Wheat Field in Rain
Rain assaults the window panes.
It pelts the scene, it comes from clouds
that hover in some luminous way
above the blue-gray distant hills
on this translucent, tinctured day.
The field spreads out before his eyes
in shades of green, in blurry rows.
A road meanders round the wheat,
the quilted fields, those darker trees.
Rain shears the air in stylized lines.
He paints his beads of mournful tears
from inside out, from inside out.
Bonnie Naradzay: "Recent poems are in New Letters (Pushcart nomination), RHINO, Tampa Review, EPOCH, Tar River Poetry, Poet Lore, Anglican Theological Review, Seminary Ridge Review, The Xavier Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Passager, and other places; a poem will be published in the Kenyon Review Online. I earned an MA in English literature from Harvard University (which included my taking the course “The King James Bible as English Literature,” taught by Robert Lowell). I lead poetry workshops at a day shelter for homeless people (Miriam’s Kitchen), and at a retirement centre (Ingleside), both in Washington DC. In 2010, I was awarded the University of New Orleans MFA Program’s Poetry Prize: a month’s stay in the castle of Ezra Pound’s daughter, Mary, in northern Italy. While there, I enjoyed having tea with Mary, hearing cuckoos call out during mating season, and hiking in the Dolomites. More recently, in 2017 I earned a master’s degree in liberal arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis."
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