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in a glance
Grace Hughes Chappell



evening shuts down our day
we’re done working

in the companionable almost-night

in a glance it’s a finished world

rolling on toward September

jewelry of tomatoes on the fence, the same

where a lizard finds last warmth

the same you built for runner beans to climb

we stand entire moments to eat Sungolds

one by one, orange hallelujahs

holy communion

you and I at dusk the only witnesses

of a history now in shade

© by
 Grace Hughes Chappell.
Used with the author’s permission.



Grace Hughes Chappell lives in San Francisco. She and her husband  also tend a garden and apple orchard in Mendocino County, California. Grace has had work published in the Sunday SF Chronicle, the Anderson Valley Advertiser, theRichmond ReView, Short Fiction by Women, and various other publications.



Post New Comment:
"Jewelry of tomatoes"! Love it! Have that now hanging over August supports. Wonderful, late summer images. Marilyn Zelke-Windau
Posted 08/18/2016 07:30 PM
I love hallelujah for sungolds. They are a burst of sacred beauty in the mouth.
Posted 08/18/2016 11:06 AM
Have read and loved this little poem several times in a difficult day. It's beautiful - and made the day very much better. A big 'thank you'
Posted 08/18/2016 04:15 AM
I enjoyed this concise, lovely, reflective poem. Janice
Posted 08/17/2016 08:20 PM
Lori Levy:
Posted 08/17/2016 02:39 PM
Fun and memorable.
Posted 08/17/2016 11:48 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Jean Colonomos: So beautifully wrought and moving.
Posted 08/17/2016 10:05 AM
A lovely meditation, Grace! Holy, indeed!
Posted 08/17/2016 08:58 AM
Sarah Russell:
But Newf, I think it is holy and it is communion to share sustenance with someone you love -- especially sustenance you have brought to fruition yourself, through hard work. A beautiful poem, Grace.
Posted 08/17/2016 07:46 AM
I love the poem but I don't like the term holy communion used in this context. Granted as a sacred ritual it would be capitalized.
Posted 08/17/2016 05:40 AM

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