Volume II Issue II: Earth, Spirit, Society
Water softens. Love, too.
The maples blaze forth
while a great blue heron
wings through stillness.
A rock sits and sits,
waiting to receive
and to give.
Deep inside self,
awareness in silence
Cobwebs On Morning Lawn
A spider has worked long
to create these intricacies of design
that mesmerize us to venture
into its dew drenched webs.
Once inside, we roam about,
balancing on strands
of thin glistening wire,
an acrobat without pole.
If we fall, the abyss –
a void spider ignores,
gliding back and forth.
Inside web, children,
jump over, never glide,
their up and down motion,
a way to reach
the highest sky. Ecstasy,
this lifting off hold
of gravity, this breaking away
from pull of one’s past.
A child jumping rope, going
faster and faster when string held
by others who wish jumper
to hurdle beyond pull of self,
exhausted, reaching peak of endurance.
Does a child create inside self its own web?
Does this child string its
glistening labyrinth where there’s
plenty of wire to travel on,
plenty of space to fall into,
plenty of rope to jump over,
to become an acrobat saving itself
from falling back into memory
where nothing is resolved,
only let go, this simple beauty
of moving through the day
carrying void within, balancing
on strands of its own intricate web?
-for Ryan Walsh
John Fitzpatrick, Rhinebeck, New York, recently appeared or will be forthcoming in Georgetown Review, SLAB, Bellowing Ark, The Rockford Review, The Cape Rock, BIG MUDDY, and Stone Voices. He received Vermont Studio Center poetry residencies, the Hackney National Poetry Literary Award from Birmingham-Southern College, and a Ph. D. from New York University with a dissertation that treated the poet as writer and reader of poetry, with poets Barbara Unger and Michael Burkard participating in his research.
Section One: Earth – Patricia Monaghan — LaDonna Azziza Redmond — Patricia Hemminger — Elyse Guttenberg
Mike Corum — Lyn Lifshin — Linda Hogan — Shea Daniels — Brenda Peterson — Tricia Knoll — Elizabeth Burk
David Murphy — Wilda Morris — Susan M. Botich — Susan DeFreitas — John Fitzpatrick — Judy Brackett
Karla Linn Merrifield — Janet Smith — Richard Robbins — Cait Johnson — Melissa Tuckey
Section Two: Spirit – Patricia Monaghan — Patricia Spears Jones — Larry Stapleton — Karen Morris
Miriam Robbins Dexter — Mel Kenne — Bee Smith — Starr Goode — John Briggs — Elizabeth Cunningham
Seamus Cashman — Betz King — Mary Dixon — Susan Little — Fiona Marron — Scott Hightower
Muadhnait Loideán — Nané Ariadne Jordan — Judith Roche
Section Three: Society – Patricia Monaghan — Patrick Cook — Siobhán Daffy — Jan Levine Thal
Dick Romeo Matshaba — Janice D. Soderling — Wes Rehberg — Lauren Camp — Liam Heneghan
Susan Ross — William Doreski — Jeffrey Betcher