In a field of static
you say "snow geese."
White wings black-
tipped, like they were
dipped in ink,
from here to the dark
horizon of your absence.
I want a charm to bring
you back, to fill
the gone field of stubble
with their shining.
I want their long mating
and raucous cries.
I want your voice white-winged
tipped with dark delight
crying "Snow geese!"
to the child beside you
who turns to see, just
the ordinary mystery of flight.
Anne Agnes Colwell
is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware.
Her book, Inscrutable Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems
of Elizabeth Bishop, was published by the University of Alabama
Press in 1997. Her first book of poems, Believing Their Shadows,
has been a finalist for the University of Wisconsin's Brittingham
Prize, the Anhinga Prize, New Issues Poetry Prize and the Quarterly
Review of Literature. Her poems have appeared in several journals,
including, most recently, California Quarterly, Evansville Review,
Phoebe, Eclectic Literary Forum, Southern Poetry Review, and Writer's
Voice. Poetry is also at the heart of her research interests and
she has published several essays concerning American poets, including
an article in Connecticut Review on Anne Bradstreet and Affliction/Conversion
Narrative and an article in Journal X about Elizabeth Bishop's poem