07/23/2018 Coleen McKee hosted by Gary
Colleen McKee is the author of five collections of memoir, poetry, and fiction. Her latest book is called The Kingdom of Roly-Polys (Pedestrian Press).http://thepedestrianpress.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html For upcoming appearances, visithttp://colleenmckee.blogspot.com/.
When I was little, a wild hill girl
of sun-scratched prairie
and shadowy woods cool
with the breath of the river,
I would spend hours in the tall tick-filled grass
just thinking about giraffes,
the mahogany and pale gold fur,
the arch of their necks bisecting the sun,
their elegant limbs listing and loping—
I’d dream of the giants of Africa
and play with the critters of Missouri,
walking sticks looking with paranoid eyes
at the tiny brown twig of my finger,
dizzy at being lifted
a mere two inches
from the dark grass.
Solace is a Small Gray Stone
Solace is a small gray stone
at rest in the palm of your hand.
It is smooth. Curl your fingers
around it, but slowly. How solid
it is. Unlike sorrow, the stone
is finite. It can be weighed.
Feel the way
it carries the sun
even in the shade
of your thumb.