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Sunday, July 29, 2012


by Laura Rodley

With long tanned legs and shorts lined with pockets
she walks beach, spying beach glass, valued lockets
of the heart of the ocean, how it rubs
away time smoothing rocks to sandy nubs,
pockets growing heavy, filled with treasure.
Quiet amongst waves, time without measure
except the clock that the glass holds up high
how its sides are smooth, edge grooved, time passed by.
Having reached the edge of the point, surprised,
She turns around towards home noon surmised
by height of sun overhead.  Time to gather
lunch items, tuna or grilled cheese, rather
easy to fix, keep the mood of time extended,
all sorrows laid aside, all hearts mended. 

Laura Rodley’s New Verse News poem “Resurrection” has won a Pushcart Prize and will appear later this year in The Pushcart Prlze XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (2013 edition). She was nominated twice before for the Prize as well as for Best of the Net. Her chapbook Rappelling Blue Light, a Mass Book Award nominee,  won honorable mention for the New England Poetry Society Jean Pedrick Award. Her second chapbook Your Left Front Wheel is Coming Loose was also nominated for a Mass Book Award and a L.L.Winship/Penn New England Award. Both were published by Finishing Line Press.  Co-curator of the Collected Poets Series, she teaches creative writing and works as contributing writer and photographer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.  She edited As You Write It, A Franklin County Anthology, Volume I and Volume II.