May Baskets

Macro photography of honey bee on petaled flower

flash of yellows flutter
old leaves scuttled by spring wind swirl
tumble across new green as a trembling of finches
ribbons around the base of beech and ash

early morning before sun has drunk
the drops of starlight dew
their celestial reflection flickers
in water drop prisms

this is paradise – this is life
sung by the instructions of bees
and the buzzing churr
of the hummingbirds’ return

my feet planted like the child i was
still in the wonderment of Earth’s receptive body
lime green grasses awaken
a gentle movement of blessings


Poem by Suzanne S. Rancourt

Suzanne S. Rancourt, Abenaki/Huron descent, has authored two books: Billboard in the Clouds, Curbstone Press / NU Press 2nd print, received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. murmurs at the gate, Unsolicited Press, released May 2019. Ms. Rancourt is a multi-modal EXAT and CASAC with an MS in psychology, an MFA in writing, and CAGS. A USMC and Army Veteran, her works are published /forthcoming in The Ilanot Review, Cathexis, Pif Magazine, Other Worldly Women Press Anthology, Mizmor Anthology, Rat’s Ass Review, Lucky Jefferson, The Wrath-Bearing Tree, Free State Review, Event Magazine, Pangyrus, BigCityLit, Callaloo, Cimarron Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Ginosko, Tupelo Press Native Voice Anthology, New Reader Magazine. For more info: