beaded trout

Storyteller

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

grandmother
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

Source
Howard Miller

Clear Lake
Martha Cinader Mims

Reflections on Water
John D. Berry

Storyteller
Jeanette Calhoun Mish

Thirst
Kim McMillon

Ocean
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.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.