Green Hills Literary Lantern


His Voice


rolls low across the field

like milkweed, like heat-thunder,

like the deep wind that knows

when storms will darken

the braided barley.


I hold his voice

in my hands.

It pulses, silks

through my fingers,

scrawling colors

across my breeze-softened palms,

now yellow, now burgundy,

now an indigo dusk.


His words unspool

from the evening sky, weave

themselves among silver threads

to blanket my shoulders

from the cool night air.



Patty Dickson Pieczka's third book of poetry, Beyond the Moon's White Claw won the David Martinson — Meadowhawk Prize from Red Dragonfly Press. Her second book, Painting the Egret's Echo, won the Library of Poetry Book Award from Bitter Oleander Press. Other books are Lacing Through Time, Word Paintings and a novel, Finding the Raven. Winner of the ISPS, Francis Locke Memorial, and Maria Faust Sonnet Contests, she has contributed to over 50 literary journals. Patty graduated from SIU's creative writing program and currently lives in Carbondale.