Gains & Losses
A woman standing by the stone wall  

traces her finger along the grout, thinking
she could change her name
to something like Yori Shinobu.  Maybe then
she'd find ancient grace, seventh century
trust, the blessing in every fifth wind
to write poetry about one time
when,  yes,  he admitted to wandering.
But no,  he never strayed.  The Season
of Tall Grass
would speak of sheep
in high plain meadows,  three octaves
of bells with their bonging comfort
soothing her,  telling her in which fields
they foraged,  at which stream they
balked.  Her heart would beat
in cadence,  thunderclouds from the sea
would wait,  crossing divides and skimming
ridges to find her near the unlatched gate,
before clapping out a rain burst.  In this way
she might become wise and giving.  Maybe
loosen her shawl and turn
back to her hearth.  


Photo Credit: US Geological Survey EROS Image Gallery

Copyright 2009,  Sherry O'Keefe

Sherry O'Keefe credits her Irish-Montanan Pioneer heritage for much of the influence in her poetry. Her work has appeared in Avatar ReviewMain Street RagTwo ReviewFifth Wednesday JournalBarnwood Review,  and Soundzine.  Her chapbook, Making Good Use of August,  is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. "A woman standing by the stone wall" was previously published by Soundzine.

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