Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

By Land or Sea

 

 

She overwhelmed him

with blue-eyed words wild

 

as bees in summer rain…

sentences like starlings

 

in endless waves, out-

arguing him on every topic

 

—even when he knew

she was wrong—until he

 

built a workshop beside

the mulberry tree in

 

the back yard…side

chapel where dark brown

 

eyes watched harvest

moons rise slowly

 

into the distant thunder

of autumn silence --

 

soft whistle of never

idle hands arguing only

 

with evening altering light.

 

 

 

 

Larsen Bowker is retired from teaching, coaching and other mundanities to concentrate on the writing of poetry, which he sorely wishes he had begun earlier, because, as his granddaughter at eleven pointed out, in the kindest possible way, “grandpa you are fast approaching your ‘sell by date’.” He’s had poems published recently in Atlanta Review, Poem, Pearl and Plainsongs. His sixth book of poems Between Two Rivers was published in 2015 by Bellowing Ark Press, and seventh, Elegiac Dialogues, is looking for a publisher.