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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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LA SIERRA 1942

 


I've come to reminisce, retracing all

your steps beneath the symmetry of pines

and palms that colonnade near Angwin Hall.

The old rectangle chapel face aligns   

its sacramental windows with the hills,

where sixty-years ago, inside those white

washed plaster walls your faith was found. Shade spills

like balm against the beveled glass. This fight, 

to capture every yesteryear you've owned,

leaves me undone. The dormitory stairs

of walnut, tap an ageless chant— intoned

with all your giddy dreams and school-girl prayers. 

The thought of you remains an oblique ray

of fleshless gold, It burns my hours away. 

                                   -Karen Kelsay


Frozen Pine