Fall-Winter 2011




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

Detail of Echinacea in snow
by Gail Goepfert.

Red-Winged Blackbirds by the Pond

Jane Beal

Dr. Jane Beal is an Associate Professor of English at Colorado Christian University where she teaches literature and creative writing. Her first book of poetry, Sanctuary, was nominated for the Conference on Christianity and Literature's Book of the Year Award in Belles Lettres. She is the author of other poetry collections, including Made in the Image, Tidepools, Love-Song, The Bird-Watcher's Diary Entries, Butterflies, Wild Birdsong, and Epiphany: Birth Poems. She also writes literary criticism, young adult fantasy literature, and memoir. To learn more, please visit sanctuarypoet.net.

I walked down to the pond this morning. The red-winged blackbirds are back, singing for their wives! They must dream of eggs and making eggs and building nests in the tall reeds.

red-winged blackbird, sing!
melody in the morning—
our hope returning