The Lark Ascending The strings begin to sing, the violin releasing its melody while the lark hovers over the meadow, over the white cottages and the wavery line of alders along the rill. The throb in his throat quickens in sun-splashed flight, as higher and higher he rises, and the last infinite note soars beyond the reach of sight and hearing, beyond the reach of all but faith at the swing of heaven’s gate.
Ruth Holzer is the author of eight chapbooks, most recently, Living in Laconia (Gyroscope Press) and Among the Missing (Kelsay Books). Her poems have appeared in Blue Unicorn, Faultline, Slant, and Plainsongs, as well as previously in Amethyst Review. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations.