Corn Lilies

Winter breaking, spring in the making
I was hiking through sage brush when
melting snow revealed green shoots
lily namesakes for stalks of cereal crop
kernels feeding humans and livestock.

How some long-ago pollen crossing
by a mischievous wind or a silly bee
brought to hand a note I’d long recall
a sacred mix of maize and lily white
a lesson on beauty’s elemental light.

-Margaret Kroger

Margaret Koger lives in Boise, Idaho and received her M. A. from Boise State University. Before retirement, she taught in the public schools specializing in creative writing and library services. Her poetry appears in numerous journals including Tiny Seeds Literary Journal, Forbidden Peak, Déraciné and Gravitas.