pale spirit in fog—
a sycamore waits by
the ancient river

daybreak unveils tender shoots
spring touches the river banks

the sundrop
primrose in yellow
still upright through winter

children dream of flying
above teacher's monotone
raptors ride the breeze

primrose hesitates
blooms in the evening

an old man
collects the child
at the school gate


Darlene O'Dell, Asheville, North Carolina
Janine Lehane, Asheville, North Carolina