Hobble Creek Review
Out of the Broken Sky
The wide and terrible wind erodes
a sense of loss, as the flat leaves
splay on the rain blacked street
like so many tired hands. I wish
for another time. For danger, in some abstract way.
Facing the sea, I suspend all obstacles.
The hard, fast rules will vanish and a calm
collapse the anxious heart, the drums of anger.
Out of the broken sky
I reclaim what I've loved, year after year,
what riles essential reckoning and wild despair.
Mercedes Lawry has been publishing poetry for over thirty years
in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Puerto del Sol, Folio, New
Madrid, Seattle Review, Nimrod, and Salamander. Her chapbook,
There are Crows in My Blood, was published by Pudding House in
2007 and her chapbook, Happy Darkness, was released by
Finishing Line Press last summer. Mercedes has received honors
from the Seattle Arts Commission, Jack Straw Foundation, Artist
Trust and Richard Hugo House. She has also published fiction as
well as stories and poems for children.