The sunlight shone brightly like a newly risen christ today.
Sometimes it’s not the sunshine itself
but the way it falls companionably with shadows
that catches my eye
and causes my inner worshipper to sigh
in gratitude. — Annette Marie Smith
by Annette Marie Smith
There’s an old set of railroad tracks that run along Clark Avenue towards the back of the artists lofts where I live.
They stop abruptly at Harcrest Avenue before they reach us, unable to cross the road, seeming to disappear into the asphalt.
The place where they disappear looks to be the very place for a haunting
which is really a way of remembering
and is far more reassuring than frightening in any way to me.
When there’s a full moon I like to think that silver beams forge a latticework of railroad ties to let the ghost train over.
You can see it pause, taken aback, at its reflection in the real-time train that flashes by on University Avenue.
Then it starts to locomote again and sing its song: remember me, remember me, remember me.
Composition note: Some of the avenue names have been changed. Poetic license.
disguised as a bird
just for me.
my pen is a recorder
recording her notes
but also knowing
that we both agree —
somebody has to do it! — Annette Marie Smith
Snow rocks the cradle of the city with an alabaster hand. — Annette Marie Smith
Poets are Cassandra’s children
nevertheless and also because of this
we continue to mark our words
against the hope that we are heard
tell truths that prickle
but wear collars of inevitability
that make of us mute birds
when we speak out
against the war and wall
and our words get lost
in folly of bomb fall
we were right, we are right,
we caw, we caw
but the words can’t seem to rise
beyond our craw. — Annette Marie Smith
The moon flowers in the night sky
a great saucer of silver petals
backlit by lightning bug stars. — Annette Marie Smith