Growth Ring

come let’s sit
on the front porch
in pink morning air
savor coffee

we’ll face east
watch lavender clouds rise
over rooftops,
kiss tips of tall trees

then, we’ll set our cups
down on the table
we’ll sand layers
long lacquered

peel off
varnished veneers

down to circles
of light
and dark grain

expose blankets
of root beds
burls borne
from breakage

and a map of the seasons
we grew without rain

– Sharon Frye

© 2015, poem, Sharon Frye, All rights reserved


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

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