Fall-Winter 2011




Detail of Springbok Prairie,
above left, by Connie Devendorf.

Detail of Echinacea in snow
by Gail Goepfert.

Dusk in Late Summer

Laurie Lee Didesch

Poetry by Laurie Lee Didesch has appeared in: The Comstock Review, The MacGuffin, Karamu, White Pelican Review, Third Wednesday, California Quarterly, Artword Quarterly, Artisan: A Journal of Craft, The Awakenings Review, Arts Alive! Literary Review, Blood and Thunder, Poetry Cram, Voices on the Wind, Julien’s Journal, Shadow and Light: A Literary Anthology on Memory, Feast of Fools: Poems, Stories, and Essays on Sacred Fools and Tricksters, Child of my Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents, etc.

The cicadas pluck strings like harpists playing in hotel lobbies.
Frogs plunk down between the lily pads that gather in the pond.
A fat cat is fishing with her claws extended, and the early reds
are up-lit by the low-riding sun. The birds have yet to go; they
banter, lunging for night crawlers or mosquitoes. The crows rally

before leaving to scavenge. They hunger for blood like vampires.
The farmer has baled his last hay for the season, and the fields
are now clean-shaven. The crickets murmur like an audience
after the closing curtain. Then, the stage falls quiet and dark.
On a knoll, dewdrops form a constellation of planets and stars.