person Pat Tompkins, one poem

Pat Tompkins is an editor. Her poems have appeared in Plainsongs, Modern Haiku,The Hollins Critic, and other publications.

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Thinking of You

the sapphire in my mother’s engagement ring, decorating hands
that did so much for me; gem-bright spotted boxfish; the deep,
clear water of Crater Lake; a whale’s tail in the St. Lawrence
River; jeans, reliable as old friends; indigo Japanese quilts
stitched with white; the Madonna’s robe in Renaissance art;
cobalt cornflowers at the coast-side farmers’ market; mussel
shells emptied by gulls; the ocean reflecting azure above;
sweet berries in Sunday morning pancakes; eyes of a Siamese
cat; simple rhythms of songs telling stories everyone knows;
squawks of a jay; two full moons in one month; the sound of
lapis lazuli; Wedgewood’s colored clay; the Jewel Box star
cluster viewed atop Mauna Kea, mid-Pacific.

a restless owl
and singing nightingale
hours of black and white

[published in Meniscus, 2015]

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