Edward Fisher

Ceaselessly Leafy Spring
          (Homage to Wendell Berry)

Ceaselessly leafy spring
Your grace-notes in wavelengths of green,
Gather my garden of wild hopes & weeds
Lost & found among moonflower mists
Hiding in the heart of light & shadow
Scatter the secret of bird-songs & seeds . . .

This poem of xylem & phloem
Written out in concentric rings,
Unrolls like a scroll from some ancient wood,
Whispering through mulch & dead leaf matter
On the quiet side of underground water
And the blank white page of winter . . .

Ceaselessly leafy spring
Keyed to the burgeoning rhythms of earth
Cross-pollinate these syllables & sighs,
Traced out in the silent roots of words
Turning eternally, repeated in rhyme,
Transfiguring the eye!

Edward Fisher is the author of five books and has published poem in more than one hundred small college journals & little magazines, including California Quarterly, Crucible, Illuminations, Leading Edge, Listening Eye, Nassau and Wisconsin Reviews, POEM, Poetry Motel, Sanskrit, Saranac, Straylight, Texas Wesleyan, and others. He has been a Pushcart nominee and winner of New York Poetry Forum competitions. His essays & articles have appeared in Johns Hopkins University Press, Association for the Study of Play and The Writer’s Chronicle.



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