Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Two Poems by Georgia Poet Rachel Bronnum, and two more forthcoiming in Echoes Across the Blue Ridge.
Introduction and Celebration of poet Rachel Bronnum
Rachel Bronnum lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and in Highlands, North Carolina. Her poems have been published in a number of publications. She is a member of North Carolina Writers' Network West. In 2010, She has two poems forthcoming in
Echoes Across the Blue Ridge
Stories, Essays and Poems by Writers
Living in and Inspired by the
Southern Appalachian Mountains.
A lone windchime
hangs on the hemlock branch.
When the mountain breezes blow calm,
her soprano bells make marvelus music.
Storms cause clanks and dank discordance.
Rain and sleet and snow
slice and spackke her once smooth surface
but do not destroy nor do they dim her song.
A survivor, she wafts within her world,
one sole orb,
adrift in the immortal cosmic whole.
byRachell Bronnum, first published in the anthology IN THE GARDEN.
Artifact from a tumble down mountain church,
the pew captures me.
I raise my paddle, once, twice, and once again.
Sold to the highest bidder.
It's mine. I own this hard, unyielding piece of wood,
or does it own me?
I feel its secrets as I ease onto the seat.
I channel a suffering great grandmother
who sat here, rigid and righteous,
brave and bound by toil and duty,
praying for strength.
The subsuming past roars in my ears.
No comfort comes From the Blood
Of the Lamb Saved by Grace Born Again.
My neck stiffens.
Time warps, convolutes, congeals.
Heaviness is all.
Stop. It's just a bench,
a catch-all for the hall, so I say.
by Rachel Bronnum first published in Freeing Jonah V
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