Summer 2004


Summer 2004

Barbara Nightingale

I imagine you naked
cross-legged - lotus position - stroking
your pen across a page,
long, slow scribbles -
stopping to rub
the sleep from your eyes.
You are dazed - bewildered -
such luck is not visited
often upon you - a prize.

For what? For being
there, the right time.
For the look - sidelong
under the hat - the spark
that flew home, the heat
a sudden flame endures.
For a timely end to drought,
the addictive nature of love,
the creation of life - from art.

Barbra Nightingale has had poems most recently in Tigertail: A South Florida Annual, Barrow Street, Kalliope, Many Mountains Moving, The Appalachee Review, and others. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Singing in the Key of L, which won the 1999 NFSPS Stevens Poetry Prize. Her new manuscript, The Geometry of Dreams, is looking for a home. She is a full time professor at Broward Community College.



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