Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Comfort and Thorn

Along uphills and nettles, she comes
finally to the bald—star of Bethlehem,
water and stone, reflecting pool

of unresolve. Weathered thick of skin
in late killing frost, paper lunaria
loosed to wind, the dreamy what was

gone to seed. Nothing to do but fling
wishful intent to heaven’s inner dome.
Her fable heart, like Androcles, writes

free of the past’s last straw, like runaway
slave, she bends to great wounded paw.
From grievous beast, thorn pulled from

deep, her sentence, her pardon, mercy
unbidden, she writes time’s own release.

Linda Parsons


Linda Parsons is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She has contributed to The Georgia ReviewIowa ReviewPrairie SchoonerSouthern Poetry ReviewThe Chattahoochee Review, Baltimore Review, Shenandoah, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, among many other journals and anthologies. Her fifth poetry collection, Candescent, is forthcoming from Iris Press. Parsons is also playwright-in-residence for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Artwork: Eugene Delacroix, Lion, watercolor, 1841

This entry was published on May 31, 2019 at 12:07 am and is filed under GH.36 (May 2019), Poetry. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.
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