Vox Populi

A curated webspace for Poetry, Politics, and Nature. Over 16,000 daily subscribers. Over 7,000 archived posts.

Kari Gunter-Seymour: Last Night the Chime Of Tree Frogs

Granny Woman dances

under breeze-shivering branches,

her skirts a waltz of wings,

mouth full of stories.

She has emptied her house of men.


Out the side of her eye

the soft blur of rabbit,

and watchful dusk,

air ripe with herbs

and tinctures, the echo

of gasping roots.


She is the nighthawk,

sprung from chalky shell, 

issuing her raspy bee-yoot

for all the names she gives the night,

surviving passages so narrow

they felt like birth canals,

every dawn she can remember

crushed between her teeth.


She will cradle you, 

deliver you

from one mud to the next.

Anointer, holder

of upended petals

and misplaced halos,

I saw her in the dark morning,

glimmer and dust.

From A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen by Kari Gunter-Seymour (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020).

Kari Gunter-Seymour is the Poet Laureate of Ohio.

Three mountain women spinning yarn, 1939. The healers have traditionally served mountain communities. TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES

7 comments on “Kari Gunter-Seymour: Last Night the Chime Of Tree Frogs

  1. Barbara Huntington
    September 17, 2021

    I have reason to believe my great grandma used herbs in Germany

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Rose Mary Boehm
    August 16, 2021

    Oh, how much I LOVE your work, Kari. Well you know that. But this poem is particularly dear to me, because the granny women in deepest, darkest, rural German – my granny women – were the same. Loving you with rough hands, sneaking you a treat when nobody was looking (couldn’t appear weak now, could they), and with gruff voices and defiance: “We said it when the Nazis were in power we say it now with the Bosheviks. What more can they do to us?” Honest, brave, and ‘ emptied their houses of men.” How I loved them.

    Liked by 3 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 16,090 other subscribers

Blog Stats

  • 4,686,116 hits


%d bloggers like this: