The Fairy Slipper
In the forest, the first
spring flowers appear:
small clusters of trilliums,
pale lavender oxalis, pink fawn lily
and the tiniest of orchids,
one fairy slipper whose
little billow is so deep red,
my heart synchronizes
with its pulse of color.
She is Thumbelina’s gown
with a violet cape, a royal
spectacle on the moss carpet.
How I love this little orchid
so brave to shoot up among
towering sword fern and wild azalea.
How alone she is, but more vibrant
than any spring flower opening
under the canopy of fir.
How I long to be this fairy flower
showering the ground
with red, purple and pink
in a world of forest green.
But I am hover like Gulliver
over a Lilliputian.
I must leave her alone
in her blazing secret
Still Life with Matthew
under the beige umbrella, he sits
knitting a soft shawl, the color of dijon.
His gray beard brushes against his neck
as he bends his head over his hands
watching the smooth silver needles
make a larger loop every third stitch.
I ask him who the shawl is for--
he doesn’t know, but keeps knitting
under the umbrella’s shade
while our dogs play tag with one another
in the dry grass.
His hands are hypnotized by the motion,
his face tranquil like watching
a dragonfly alight on a pond of lilies.
Behind him, ripening blackberries
poke through a wide barred fence.
The dogs pant, heavy with play.
Here is summer’s bounty:
a simple task, sitting under shade,
the air sensing the closing of the day.
I feel I am in a brushstroke by Monet.
A bridge between worlds--
a spider web holds
two roses in place.
Terri Glass is a writer, of essay, poetry and haiku. Her work has appeared in Eastern Iowa Review, Fourth River, About Place, California Quarterly, Young Raven’s Literary Review, and many anthologies including , Wild Gods, Fire and Rain; Ecopoetry of California, and Earth Blessings. Her recent books include Being Animal from Kelsay Books, a chapbook of haiku, Birds, Bees, Trees, Love, Hee Hee from Finishing Line Press, an e-book, The Wild Horse of Haiku: Beauty in a Changing Form. Terri leads poetry writing workshops through CAL POETS in the Schools and through DNACA, her local arts council.