3 poems from Merril D. Smith in Fevers of the Mind Poetry Press Presents the Poets of 2020

My poems published in Fevers of the Mind, Poets of 2020. Thank you so much to EIC, David L O’Nan!

Fevers of the Mind

Thanksgiving, the Year of Covid-19

We passed the dish of memory,
transferring without hand-touching the squirrel-shaped mold–
its ceramic a bit care-worn, appearing empty,
though we knew it was full of recollections and dreams,
tart and sweet, like the cranberry sauce that once filled it,
and would do so again. Now these thoughts of past Thanksgivings,
filled it, dripping over to fall in tears.
It won’t be the same, we say, and do you remember?
Her laugh, our laughs together–
not together this year

Here and Hereafter

From misted dreams, the clouds blow back black
as sky-ships spray incandescent shimmer,
and with whispered wonder
sing, bring, ring-in the pink-rosed day.
This after disaster, hereafter and if–
the moon comes blue, and hums a riff
for the sad sea, and those you see, in-between drifts
of shadow and shine, the haunted souls
of those who played with diamond cool, embracing now

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28 thoughts on “3 poems from Merril D. Smith in Fevers of the Mind Poetry Press Presents the Poets of 2020

  1. Congratulations!!! Lovely poems! 🙂 I could read them over and over, and still find something new…a word that softly echos in my mind, an image to recall again and again, pebbles on the beach of time in remembrance of things that stir our hearts.

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