Volume II Issue II: Earth, Spirit, Society
Susan M. Botich
rests against night’s dark breast—
a jewel turned inside the vastness
of tides incomprehensible,
light through the trees, into the grass
and the houses where we sleep
And, there amid the white pin-prick tears
set into the fabric that is
draped across night’s shoulders, moon,
stretching out beyond its circle,
ebb and flow, swells
into the sectioned windowpanes, glances
against the crystal, hanging,
reaches across the floor’s simple flatness
new stillness, a returning of memory,
atoms formed before the universe was
into its edgeless arrangement.
Sun at midnight, drowses close
to the western horizon,
distant Chugach mountains.
All around our little log home,
air exhales, thick with wild grass, pine.
Sky, blue, air, blue
and yellow, deepening,
Sun dips below the horizon,
takes one long breath, then
surfaces again above
the ridgeline, buoyant,
summer solstice enthused.
We go inside
to, ourselves, dip
Under a pastel sheet, an old quilt,
and the horizon of waking.
We will stay longer,
submerged. Longer than that
arctic summer moon.
We will sink below
Drink the water of dreams;
fly over the Talkeetna range,
the Susitna flow, into the hills
where fiddle-head ferns curl
like sleeping snakes.
We go inside,
climb the stairs, close the heavy
drapes against the golden arctic moon-
light, drift as stars, unseen.
Susan M. Botich has published poetry in Margie, The American Journal of Poetry, Rattlesnake Review, The Meadow, The Danse Macabre, Illya’s Honey, Wildflower Magazine, The Tonopah Review, Avocet and The Inflectionist Review. She enjoys writing in structured verse as well as free verse. She has lived in California, Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, Nevada and, most recently, beautiful Bend, Oregon. She also writes for magazines and news publications as a freelance journalist.
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