Edison Jennings


A globe of
Baccarat glass           
on a sheet her hand had half-filled,       

then stopped where she reached an impasse   
when her heart had foundered then killed       

the line she had yet to indite       
and the thought her mind had distilled,   

held a dogwood bloom and a bee       
as if caught in mid-flight               

inches away from the bloom,           
and the poem she intended to write.  


Sunflowers, tonsured holy-Joes,
once fat-faced with seed, now broken

backed and winter-shorn, no more
turn and track the sun but sleeved with ice,

coruscate of a sudden church-belled air,
as if the hills were clapper-struck,

welling sky with  tolling bells though
I don’t know of what the tolling tells.

Edison Jennings is a Head Start school bus driver and school aide in the southern Appalachian region of Virginia. His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Innisfree. Broadstone Books will publish his first full-length collection, Intentional Fallacies, later this year.



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