2 June 2009 | Vol. 9, No. 2

June Meditations

Start with a bird—a blue heron

coasting over the reservoir—

and a tree—a loblolly pine,

planted for paper and pulp,

dropping its rusty needles.

What does it take to be awake

in this particular world?

To be called is to be culled

from the thousands, to vow

to be eye- and ear-opened.

Start again with the confluence

of two rivers—a violent togethering

brought on by gravity and eons

of geologic sift and shift.

What does the one called forth

demand of the world?

Start here with the field

of strawberries and the flock

of blackbirds laying siege.

The one heart-shaped

fruit plucked and eaten

in advance is enough.

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About the author:

Sandy Longhorn is the author of Blood Almanac (Anhinga 2006), winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Free Verse, Indiana Review, New South, Quarterly West, Redactions, West Branch, and elsewhere. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council as well.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Sandy Longhorn at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 9, No. 2, where "June Meditations" ran on June 2, 2009. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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