Upon the Morning by Susan Hendrickson
Pudding Magazine #57

I saw a woman
half submerged in the ground
sitting in the comfort of weeds
nibbling on some timothy.

She ran her teeth, berry-stained,
over the translucent green stems
entered into the sweetness of the world
that sky-bright moment.

Within her solitary warren
hugging the mysteries of the day
to herself, I knew she was me
and I knew she woke me up.

These are days of self-credence;
the gossamer growing thin
the crave for minute beauty, gentle
recognition begins to surpass itself.

Nuances are filament sheer. I gather
the hush of sleep as I wake
to the whisper of conundrums
still rocking the cradle called I.


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