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“Advent” by Lynda Fleet Perry

~ for Mark

From the farm’s back field the wind is rising
as we walk, holding hands, to cut our tree
in the crisp night air. The moon is rising

over the skeletal tips of branches, forking
into the gathering dark. We can see,
from the farm’s back field, the wind rising

by the way the old cedar moans, tossing
its now-black foliage, as if to shake free.
On this solstice night, the moon’s rising

arc holds Venus—glimmering and winking—
at celestial arms’ length. They’re married
above the farm’s back field—wind rising

as if to rush the inevitable coupling
of sickle and orb, a brilliant zenith
of this longest night. The moon is rising

higher. Now we can see the tree, leaning
crookedly, our Yule pine, its shadow spindly
in the moon’s silver light.  Night has risen
over the farm’s back field. The wind still rises.

Lynda Fleet Perry is the author of a chapbook of poems, At Winter Light Farm, published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. Her work has been published in Blackbird, Defunct, qarrtsiluni, New Zoo Poetry Review, and other journals. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and daughter, and works as a writer and communications manager for a botanical garden. 

Zingara’s Poetry Pick: Rites of Spring by Donna Vorreyer

I discovered this week’s poignant poem honoring woman’s best friend in the first issue of the new online literary magazine, Mixed Fruit, published June 1, 2011. It is a bi-monthly periodical and the second issue, published August 2st, is now available. Enjoy!

Rites of Spring
by Donna Vorreyer

Gardening, I come to the place
where we buried our first dog, the dirt
now sprouted with daylillies and sprigs
of weedy thistle. My husband dug the hole
in early fall when her hips began to fail,
before the ground became unbreakable.
She lasted until March, the plot
covered in plywood and late snow.

I pull the thistle’s gangly roots, hoping
for orange blossoms instead of burrs,
I try not to think of her bones beneath,
the beetles that pick her carcass clean
of the sleek, black fur that once velveted
my hand. Ghost ants haunt the undersides
of upturned rocks and branches, scribble
their white calligraphy of industry.

Our golden retriever limps up, nudges
her grey muzzle at my elbow, collapses
her own crooked hips beside me. She does
not rise until I do, her front legs bearing
the slow bones of her backside. I stoop to bury
my face in her neck as if love could keep her
from this dirt. As if love could fail as easily
as flesh, as flower. As if it were that frail.

Donna Vorreyer spends her days convincing middle-schoolers that words matter. Her work as appeared in many journals including Weave, Cider Press Review, qarrtsiluni, and Rhino. She is a contributor to the blog Voice Alpha, and you can also find her online at her own blog, Put Words Together. Make Meaning