Annunciate She’s been called to the door. Inspiration awaits in the garden—a winged lover, back-lit and eager. A boy, really, with angelic hands. It sometimes goes like that. But often it is agony—months of waiting and then suddenly he shows. She turns the corner and gasps: petals scattered on the street, the catalpa after days of rain. She drops her attention deep and interior, her gaze focusing down and to the left to search for a thread, scavenge for a phrase, a rhythm to begin to build a vision upon: white flowers on the road. She promises to remember it for later, how his fingers traced her jawbone and begged her to speak.
Melanie Figg is the author of the award-winning poetry collection, Trace. She is a recent NEA Fellowship winner and her poems and essays are published widely. As a certified professional coach, she offers workshops and writing retreats and works remotely with writers on their work and their creative process. www.melaniefigg.net