Now Hear Song

purple flowers in close up photography

Walking solo as weed feelings grow,

scraggly; wild in the verges.

Seeking solace. Wanting rain.

A soothing soak turns from bones to feathers

the burden of mourning.

Spiky and smooth, fields of fringed leaves

sparkle. Now sing the colors

of Thistle, Vetch, and Clover.

Sing the yellows and purples

of your bruises; the deep burgundy

of your heart, the blue

veins of each scar.

Honor your loved one’s fears and favorites

with this wild wandering. Remember

trails; switchbacks zigzagging, wildflower swaths

and the strong muscle above wool socks, sturdy

laced boots, pleasure palpable. Steep in it;

hear that whistling song.

Marjorie Moorhead

Marjorie Moorhead writes poetry from a river valley at the border of NH/VT. Her chapbooks are Survival: Trees, Tides, Song (Finishing Line Press 2019), and Survival Part 2: Trees, Birds, Ocean, Bees (Duck Lake Books 2020). A full length collection is forthcoming from Kelsay Books. Many of Marjorie’s poems can be seen at sites such as Verse-Virtual, Sheila-Na-Gig, Indolent Books, Tiny Seed Literary, Literary North, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Moist Poetry, and others, as well is in many anthologies.