A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
A man & woman beneath two immense elms.
A worn picnic table. She is cutting his hair.
His eyes close as he listens to her voice.
Occasionally she places a hand on his toweled shoulder.
He especially likes that. Occasionally they both laugh.
What’s between them is a mystery.
The way the leaves that flag in the wind
know to be leaves, or the tree knows to grow them.
Copyright 2021 Joy Gaines-Friedler
Joy Gaines-Friedler is a professional photographer who sees poetry as a natural extension of the photographic art: both use images, contrast, tensions, rhythm and tone. Her collections of poems include Capture Theory (Aldrich Press, 2018).
Chickadee (photo: Joy Gaines-Friedler)