After the Storm
When they let us return, Dawson Beach
was debris-littered; the boathouse, tattered.
But the gas tanks stood tall, almost untouched,
reminding us of days
when we believed
that our world could endure our excess,
when we dared to blame the gods
for storms and rising seas,
when we looked in gilded mirrors
at our smug images and wondered, “Why?”
Inspired by After the Storm. Artist: Judy Arvidson
The pair stayed at the lake
last year, wooed
by a warmer winter.
As partners they scavenged
for dry grass near the wood duck’s
nesting box and muskrat’s lodge.
Through crisp winter days,
the woodland family waited
for spring and offspring
in their diverse neighborhood.
Inspired by Nice Neighborhood. Artist: Katherine Weber
Into the Nether
I want to remember her like this:
leaving home at 17, striding
into a seductive unknown,
wearing her one blue shirtwaist,
carrying her world in a suit case,
cooling her heart on a string.
Inspired by Into the Nether. Artist: Paula Long
Awed, I emerge from a conduit
in a marble wall into daylight.
What stories will my presence evoke:
A race with a hare?
A new Ninja patterned
in my image?
Turtles all the way down?
Carrying the perfect
tiny house for protection,
I crawl from darkness
into the light.
Inspired by Emergence. Artist: Judy Arvidson
Got Me Some Pigtails
My hair, fiery as the sun
at midday with pigtails
electric as sparklers,
is a sign: Take heed!
Citizens of Generation Z
will emit rays of Generosity.
We will guarantee
that Acceptance polishes
this tarnished world!
Inspired by Got Me Some Pigtails. Artist: Paula Long
colored by chance—
curve like yarn
on a knitter’s ball.
Inspired by Crossroads. Artist: Teresa Parod
Naming the Unspoken was a national fine art exhibition curated by Joe + Kathleen Isacson.
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