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Winter 2008, Volume 24.2

Poetry

Rebecca Lilly


Rebecca Lilly has published two collections of poems, You Want to Sell Me a Small Antique (winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize) and Shadwell Hills, a book of haiku. She has also authored two works on spiritual philosophy and practice, The Insights of Higher Awareness and Ego and the Spiritual Self, both from Humanics Publishing Group.

 

10 Haikus

Nearing dusk; the breeze
Under crows’ wings; seasonal
Scents through blue cedars

 

Clouds at dusk drifting
Through abandoned house windows—
Dust on their shadows

 

Moss gets slippery
Nearer the pond; the falls mist
Clinging to cliff rocks

 

Almost unseen, ice
On the ledge; in distant woods
The mist is settling

 

That moment the owl
Left us behind; woods settle;
The downstream silence

 

Snowfall is ending…
As far hills darken with dusk
Crows start up again

 

A calm spring morning—
The sculptor’s rock unfinished
With its cloak of moss

 

A long shadow of pine
On railroad tracks—where the crows
Gather on brown grass

 

More dog days; scarecrow
Straw in dust from the tractor—
The sundown’s soft blush

 

No shade in this field
Where crows mate with each other—
A breeze through the graves

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