because the roots are a gorgeous
catastrophe of gargling raindrops
those empty diamond shaped faces
containing the dreams of elderberries
because she fills earth’s basket with the black
resinous warmth of grandmother’s hands
breaking the ruby white stalks
of rhubarb and celery, reenacting
each contagious morning
the cherished dew of midnight’s tears
as the wild and mischievous
rhythms of eternity nears
George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, The Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Havana Times, South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, and more.
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