To Feel Transcendent – a poem by Janet Krauss

To Feel Transcendent

It is not taking an imaginary flight
toward stilled tarns locked in sunlight
away from stones pricking your feet under
a low brood of scudding clouds.
It is not sensing a god’s presence dimming
the trees and hills with its blinding rays.
It is catching the glint of a flock of geese
leaving no shadow over the creek
outside your window. It is standing
with a gull near you on the sand
both of you taking in the warmth
of summer air. It is filling your eyes
with the sweeping skeins of winter white
across the sky if you happen to look up.


Janet Krauss, who has two books of poetry published, Borrowed Scenery, Yuganta Press, and Through the Trees of Autumn, Spartina Press, has recently retired from teaching English at Fairfield University. Her mission is to help and guide Bridgeport’s  young children through her teaching creative writing, leading book clubs and reading to and engaging a kindergarten class. As a poet, she co-directs the poetry program of the Black Rock Art Guild. In  May, 2018 her poem, “A View from a Window” was published in Amethyst Review.

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