On The Rock

poised on a slanted rock
not sliding, not tumbling
to the Rio Grande below
like a rock himself,
The Great Blue Heron

unflinching in the fierce sun
his serene pose, shining beak,
gray-blue radiant feathers,
almost translucent

standing ever so still,
defying gravity in a time,
in a world, rocked with perils
overcome with gravity

likely his levity placed him
gleaming in that spotlight
commanding proper admiration
knowing I needed something,
someone to admire.

– Judy K. Mosher

I live and write from my high desert home of 35 years, Santa Fe, New Mexico. My publication history includes Shrinking Bones, the 2018 Chapbook First Prize Winner from The Poetry Box as well as Trickster, Santa Fe Literary Review, Adobe Walls, CALYX and more. Additionally, I co-authored Bosque Rhythms, a collection of poems dedicated to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It was a 2015 Finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. My work is found at http://JudyKMosher.wordpress.com.