After the verdant thrust of summer:
the explicit vivacity of life
preparing for its inward pull.
Somehow the pink geraniums
in the flower box
have completely disappeared.
The petunias resign
to the frailty of vines stretching
towards sun’s last fingers.
I have a picture of you
in my head.
My fingers still want damp
soil with all its vitamins
and insignificant creatures
humming the miniature song
that never goes away.
The hosta’s broad leaves
bleach into corn husks
and decaying lace.
My picture curls its edges,
subsides into dull yellow
like old photos dislodged
from their little black triangles
in a broken-down family album.
Soon it will be time
for the long walk between
shadow and sleep.
The grief of a body that knows
it must succumb:
the hand of winter waiting to spread
its exquisite silence.
after Two Calla Lilies on Pink by Georgia O’Keefe
|Two Calla Lilies
pink that never ends
just falls like grace, like manna, like the moment
of a swollen
||berry falling to grass, this
grass that is sweet and green
beyond the hills, beyond your name or mine, can
stiff yellow rods
|stand apart but know the way
I fall from your lips
in pools of delicate rain, the sound of your mouth
on my heart, this
||silk wrapped in August rain, yes
Calla Lilies pressing so
tight their breath cannot escape petals
|one line, straight lines have lost
it is bending that curves in
and out so sometimes we forget where you end
and I begin.
published in the Best Love
Poems of Stirring 2002
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The poetry of Ann Holdreith
merges the mythical with the everyday. A chapter of
her work is included in "Beyond the Lines",
an anthology of Michigan authors published by Plainview
Press. Her publishing credits also include: Wayne
State University, Gravity Presses, Dixie Phoenix,
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Stirring, Aether, Friction Magazine and a 1999 Pushcart
Prize Nomination. Ann teaches classes for the Detroit
Writer's Voice and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in
Fine Art and Literature from the University of Detroit.
She has featured at the Michigan Opera Theatre, The
Detroit Festival for the Arts and Spring Fed Arts
of Detroit. Her riveting performance synthesizes her
background as an actress, vocalist, dancer and performance
artist. Her writing, performance and teaching are
dedicated to the full expression of the human spirit.