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Letters to the Tempest

by Mary


Letters to the Tempest
A portfolio by Mary V. Jordan
Write to the Point 2021
Persona Poem
A gentle breeze caresses me
like the loving stroke of a hand,
wind tracing my skin 
like invisible fingertips.
I take in the summer sunlight,
basking in its radiance,
warm rays casting a green glow
in my wake.
I twirl along in a finite waltz
with my sisters, as we cling
to this branch that bears us,
not knowing the day we let go,
we live this moment
before time carries us away.
Yellow Rose and Solomon's Seal
The gentle breeze sweeps through my lonely garden,
Oak leaves sway in their canopies, twisting,
and few break their grasp, and drift towards the 
ground, locked in a fervent twirl
until they touch the soft moss below,
dotted with beads of morning dew.

We are no longer oak leaves who dance
together on the same branch.
I fear I drift away from you, to rejoin the earth
we were dancing above all this time,
as we ran through thick meadows of yellow and white,
without a thought for what was to become of us.

Now I feel time moving around me,
I feel the change in the air just before rain,
the crispness of a storm yet to come.
The wind runs through the beds of iris and roses,
and as this garden begins its waltz again,
under the graying, hazy sky,
I mourn.
The pond is quiet but for the sound
of water gently trickling down the creek
into the reeds and grasses around the edge,
raindrops patter against its pristine surface,
creating subtle ripples
that cross the silver waters

I see a face staring back at me
through the sheen
its eyes are sullen and gray
hair tangled in messy, broken mats
skin bruised and ghostly pale
and within it, I recognize a piece of myself.

I see its lips part,
it mouths something to me
but its words are carried away
by the ripples across the water,
and only silence remains.