Lifting the prayers of the earth Spring has sprung, eagerly reaching out to the sun before enough rain has come. Stubs of corn crouch ghostly gold and dandelion seeds fly like autumn midges. A beech-shadowed chalk stream chants clear and reflects dancing clouds, suffused by the sun. A broken trunk revives, restored as seven, roots bared, steps down to water, serving animal thirsts. Streams spring down banks too steep to support weaker trees, their flow blending with the water’s song. Water meadows meander on the other side, keeping some balance in these seasons, of which we are uncertain what we know. Kites circle, surveying the scene for signs of flaws in the scheme, when they will hover and swoop as crows call from nests at the tops of trees closest to the sky… as our human souls intertwine, lifting the prayers of the earth.
M. Anne Alexander’s poetry generally explores restorative relationships with Nature, especially in landscapes with spiritual, historical and contemporary significance. Her background is as a lecturer in English and teacher of Music. She began writing poetry as an outcome of counselling. Poems are published regularly in the Bury Free Press and in Poetry Space, including in their recent Locked Down Anthology. Other poems are to appear in the August and September issues of Dreich. She is also author of Thomas Hardy: the “dream-country” of his fiction – a study of the creative process (Vision Press/Barnes & Noble).