Posted May 23, 2019.

2019 Spring Contest Winner: 2nd Place, Poet’s Choice

passing

by Deborah Akers

we are little more

than strands of memory

            made flesh

 

nerve coils murmuring

            well-worn code

through wiry core

 

stance, temperament

            color of eye

all echo, bound by

 

cells recounting

ancient arcs

            sure

 

as moon path

and passing stars

 

            less certain

what becomes of

our thought fumes

 

            mapping of acts

bold and timid both

that mark the brain

 

residue of

love tracing

            the beloved

 

even the hard-used

            hammer, or ring

imbued as treasure

 

must in the end

            release

to faith’s acreage

 

restored in fragment

            recollections 

 

though more likely fallen

to rest in fields

            damp and green

 

Poet bio

Deborah Akers is the author of two poetry collections; partly fallen (Airlie Press, 2015), and backward pilgrim (I-Beam Books, 2013). Her poems have appeared in many publications, and she has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. Deborah and her husband live as quietly as possible in Portland, Oregon. She makes her living as an educational editor and writer.

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