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Wednesday, February 04, 2015


by Laura Rodley

Image Source: Victoria Advocate

At night sometimes lying
on wings makes it hard to sleep
especially on a bright moon night
like last night, I must turn
my arms towards her beaming
the luminescence feeds wings’ feathers
a fuel that requires no burning
but tingles as feathers are reborn, intact,
charged with the gentle beaming,
moonlight you do not have to hide
your eyes against, consciences
are like that; you do not have
to hide from them, wearing
wings steers you in the right direction
there’s no right or wrong, just clarity
a moonbeam’s worth, all
you ever needed.

Laura Rodley’s New Verse News poem “Resurrection” appears 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.