Fall-Winter 2011

Poetry

Prose

Visuals

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

Detail of Echinacea in snow
by Gail Goepfert.

Mud Pies, 1942

Merle Hazard

Merle Hazard has enjoyed writing for a long time. She lived many years in Appleton, WI. After the death of her husband she moved to Macon, GA, to be closer to family.

My little brother and I
set our rusty tin sand pails
upright to catch raindrops.

Clad in skimpy bathing suits
we stirred garden earth
into the blessed drops
making glorious mud.

With tiny hands we patted
and shaped our creations,
fashioning elegant dinners
we served each other
on great, green grape leaves
from the backyard arbor.

Muddy pies would disappear.

Remembering childhood
miracles would not.