PoetryIssue 09 | May 2010

Spring squared to the small

by Sally Molini

power, backyard bucolic pink,
think I’ll slip into something
elemental, become new-shoot
and unassuming, like the pond’s
water shamrocks or this cling
of sporophytes by the porch. 
Amaryllis stare like red giraffes,
listen to a bird’s wick-wick,
caddis fly’s plink, my courier
share of the common flicker
as the last sickle of sun fades
from the gold-lipped honey
lid.  Human metamorphosis
is slow so I drink more tea,
watch the vernal mix sink
to half-lit flux, the present
still in luck, living off
what’s left of earth’s
long green past while it can.

About the author

Sally Molini has seen parts of Asia, been south of the border, and got lost briefly in the San Gorgonio forest, but has never seen the inside of a lot of things. She is co-editor for Cerise Press, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Diagram, elimae, Rattle, and Southern Humanities Review.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok