April 2013


Secret garden, bright leaves,
Orange globes, crystal water
Splashing tales on Roman stone,
Lacy lattice, ruffled shawl,
Ivory icon denied the king
Worn ‘round the neck
Of one who waits,
While treasure ships
Ride mapless seas,
Their sails a-flutter
Like gypsy touch
Strumming time
Across the frets,
A resonant chord
Of faith and blood.

—Karen Gerhardt Fort

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