The stone garden lingers like a shadow
reflected in the depths of her eyes.
The shadows of water spiders
lie on the sandy stream bed
like black petals.
Here, in the heart of the forest,
cleft by a waterfall,
the sun’s heat never penetrates.
Bio- Anne Whitehouse was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Harvard College and Columbia University. She is the author of the poetry collections—The Surveyor’s Hand, Blessings and Curses, Bear in Mind and One Sunday Morning. Anne Whitehouse’s most recent poetry collection is The Refrain (Dos Madres Press, 2012). Her novel, Fall Love, is available in ebook format from Feedbooks, Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, and iTunes.