Saturday, December 15, 2018

Poetry: After the Flowers

After the Flowers

Into the hush a mother
needs when she strokes
the soft temples of her infant
son, outside the dewdrops
emerge once more. After the
flowers are gone, on a blanket
of peat moss, feeding the frogs
and snakes, they emerge,
hurtling toward the starved
emptiness of another daybreak.

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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.


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