Heddy Reid

The Barn


Cracks of sunlight flare

between weather-roughed boards

to define an interior, abandoned now,

that still preserves the sweet smell

of horses, the remembered sound

of them, the stomp and shake

of them, their nickerings

and soft exhalations—even

the misaligned bridles angled

on pegs these many years.  Oh, barn,

inconsequent and indestructible,

who says we need physics

to understand time travel?  

Years After

Years after

my father died,
I was remembering him

one January night
when I saw what

I took to be

his soul

drift from the chimney

and hover

like a gray scarf

over the hearth.   


I couldn't  

not reach for it. 


If he'd stayed

I would have told you this sooner.

Heddy Reid is the author of A Far Cry, a chapbook of poems, and The Soul in Balance, a book of selected meditations paired with photographs of the Washington Cathedral. Her work has been published in InnisfreePassager, Poet Lore, and The Southern Review, as well as several anthologies.  Heddy has taught poetry to adults and serves on the Poetry Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.



Current Issue
Contributors' Notes

Email this poem Printer friendly page

A CLOSER LOOK: Philip Dacey

Javy Awan

Ann Gilligan Bond

Shirley J. Brewer

Rick Bursky

Abigail Carroll

Bill Christophersen

Maryann Corbett

Dana Crum

Maureen Donatelli

Karen Greenbaum-Maya on Judy Kronenfeld

Kirsten Hampton

Maryanne Hannan on Kim Roberts

Kathleen Hellen

Paul Hopper

Gray Jacobik on Anne Harding Woodworth

Michael Jones

Remembering Ann Knox

Jean L. Kreiling

Dane Kuttler

Merrill Leffler

Gregory Luce

Greg McBride on Rick Bursky

Bob Meszaros

John Milbury-Steen

Rosanna Oh

Richard Peabody

Roger Pfingston

Heddy Reid

Oliver Rice

Elisavietta Ritchie

W.M. Rivera

Karen Sagstetter

David Sloan

Michael Spring

Naomi Thiers

Michele Wolf

Anne Harding Woodworth

P. Ivan Young

Edwin Zimmerman














Last Updated: Mar 10, 2021 - 2:35:35 PM

Copyright 2005 - 2021 Cook Communication.