Rabbit and Rose

beaded rabbit


for iness little sanderson

i drive toward the arms of the canadian river
it calls to me
jealous of the hudson
murmering beneath my window
through long winter nights

rain sequins the windshield
a shy moon hides itself behind a veil of black clouds
radio stations fade with the passage of miles

in Oklahoma an owl waits silently
amid the rubble of my great-granny’s house
her face shines out from its eyes
its wings brush the cracked edges of memory

you were silenced before you could
finish telling me the stories
i am coming home
i am listening everywhere
for your voice.

From Work Is Love Made Visible, West End Press, 2009

Jeanette Calhoun Mish

contents of issue 5

Considering Oceans
Linda Rodriguez

Howard Miller

Clear Lake
Martha Cinader Mims

Reflections on Water
John D. Berry

Jeanette Calhoun Mish

Kim McMillon

Mary Jean Robertson

Water, Light, Sails Up! Reckless
Brianna Lee Pruett

Red River Moan
Rain C. Gomez

Jeanette Calhoun Mish Biography

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a proud Okie mongrel who drinks whiskey straight and beer ice cold.