Sunday, August 19, 2018

Poetry: Tewawe’éstha


5,343 feet inside
the glittering,
Saturnal gales,
my lady is
serendipitous shrubs
submerged in
a sea of balsam fir.
Even her prismatic,
alluvial sands hold
my steps, ingrained
with the scent of
moonshine and
charred muscle,
clothed in hawking,
milky ash at the
opalescent summit.

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George Cassidy Payne is an independent writer, domestic violence counselor, and adjunct instructor in the humanities at Finger Lakes Community College.

George's blogs, essays, letters, poems, and photographs have been published in a wide variety of national and international outlets such as USA Today, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Buffalo News, Albany Times-Union, Syracuse Post Standard, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, The Toronto Star, The Minority Reporter, Chronogram Journal, Ovi Magazine, CounterPunch, Moria Poetry Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and more.

George's first book of poetry, A Time Before Teachers, is available at


2 Responses

  1. Ed Zahniser says:

    Nice poem! Thanks. Good to see poetry in the Almanack!

  2. Alice Lemieux says:

    Love the poetry. There is a workshop in Tupper Lake for aspiring writers and poets and those who are in their own right already writers and poets. This will be at Goff Nelson Memorial Library Monday October 29th workshop 2-4pm and reading at 6-8 pm with special guest poet Michael Czarnecki .

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