by Katherine L. Holmes

The all-around view was brambles
in a weaving of tree-twigs
some like beaks
when infant-feeble spring
is late in April’s cradle

under a vast membrane,
the bird breast of sky.
I waited with
the suspense of a dreamer
in a house gone from splinters

to thorns when something
gave me the sustenance
to face
the mildewed not exactly
beautiful nest of nature

and strain insatiably for
what ferries a cloud down
the strength to wing it
after the teasing warmth.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 2.

Katherine HolmesKatherine L. Holmes’s poetry and short stories have appeared in more than 50 journals. In 2012, her short story collection, Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories, was released by Press Americana. More information is at her web site:

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