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He Speaks with Reverence
Patricia L. Goodman


of this farm where river meets sea,
where he is transcended
by rising sun as it transforms
air and water to pale shades
of blue and blush;
where life’s trials curl up,
purr at his feet.
He loves these marshes that beckon 
waterfowl by hundreds—ducks, geese,
harriers, herons.
He promises
to take me sometime
to share his joy.
I imagine every detail—
delicious briny bite of water
on the sea breeze; marsh ground soft,
spongy beneath my feet; brash quacks
of ducks; screech of Red Tails;
Bald Eagles who soar in silence,
as white heads and tails
shimmer in sun.
But there is more. I wonder
if he’s ever been there at midnight?
Just imagine the stars.

From Scenes: A Collaboration of Coastal Writers and Artists (Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild, 2019).
Used here with permission.


Patricia L. Goodman is a widowed mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is a retired horse breeder and teacher and now enjoys singing, gardening, writing, spending time with her family, and she has recently become involved with musical theater. Patricia is the author of two books, Closer to the Ground (Main Street Rag), and Walking with Scissors (Kelsay Books). Patricia lives in Delaware.




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pale shades/of blue and blush/where life's trials curl up,/purr at his feet. These images grabbed my attention. The ending question is a surprise. Nicw work.
Posted 10/09/2019 03:11 PM

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