Tender of the Persimmon Cradle

Tender of the Persimmon Cradle

unseen by most eyes

Okasan gathers birch leaves

broom brushes gravel

another morning’s fallen

reminds her of children lost

crisp-edged, golden-rust

leaves trespass on the walk

chained from garden moss

her bonnet’s brim shields features

bare fingers show devotion

bowed before man’s gods

movement a meditation

she coddles remains

wind offerings connect sky

to her humble aged-grace

Deborah Guzzi

Deborah Guzzi writes fulltime. Her third book, The Hurricane, is available through Prolific Press. She has been nominated for the Rysling Award for science fiction. Her poetry appears in Allegro, Shooter, Amethyst Review & Foxglove Journal in the UK-Existere, Ekphrastic Review, Scarlet Leaf Review & Subterranean Blue Poetry, Canada - Tincture, Australia - mgv2>publishing, France - Cha: Asian Review, Hong Kong, China - Vine Leaves Journal, Australia - Scarlet Leaf Review - Greece, pioneertown, Sounding Review, Bacopa Literary Review, The Aurorean, Liquid Imagination, The Tishman Review & others in the USA.

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