Scree

By Heidy Steidlmayer Heidy Steidlmayer
I have seen the arrested
shrub inform the crag with grief.
Lichens crust the rocks with red.
Thorns punctuate the leaf.

Sorrow is not a desert
where one endures the other—
but footing lost and halting
step. And then another.

Source: Poetry (June 2007).

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This poem originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2007
 Heidy  Steidlmayer

Biography

Heidy Steidlmayer's poems have appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Literary Imagination, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Steidlmayer is the recipient of the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry and a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. She is the author of a book of poems, Fowling Piece (2012).

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Nature, Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Imagery, Epigram, Syllabic, Metaphor

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