October 2003, Volume 1, Number 4

Penny Harter

Penny Harter is a poet and teacher, currently living in Summit, New Jersey after more than a decade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her most recent books include "Turtle Blessing", "Stages and Views", "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth", and "Buried in the Sky." She received the William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award in 2002. For more information about her work, please visit her web site at http://penhart.home.att.net.

After My Mother's Death

I do not dream
of her but weave
into my waking
the hollow calls of geese
on the dawn sky--their flight


please don't tell me
about your cat's new litter--
already the promise
of these open fields
has changed to loneliness


propped by the door
his crutch has become a home
for many spiders--
how strong the strands
that bind it to the wall


Fish guts stain
the rowboat's planks.
By the lakes' edge
a child is throwing stones
into the deep.


I wait for you
by the mountain pass
where bells ring in the dark;
downstream the moon;
washes off her dust.

'from "Wind Tanka: Santa Fe," Japan
Environment Monitor 1996'

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