Cherry Blossom Sonnet II
I love your fragrance of wet branches and nutmeg
your face of alabaster and salt
your thighs, fresh timber
like the wintering cherry along the Potomac, naked,
heavy limbs resting in the tree’s V’ed crotch
willing the river, closer in this season,
estranged from showy pomp—
not the lush, bright buds or starlit glory
not the bold majestic turn
but the coin and tender of dormancy
in slumber as we are in our love
nudging each, ever longing and lonely—
a dream inside the other’s winter.
Ann Dernier is the co-founder of Poets’ Studio, a workshop series for writers as well as a juried artist on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. She serves on the editorial team for Kore Press and is a guest poet for Kore’s Grrls Literary Activism Series. Ann is the editor of Writing Out of the Darkness, an anthology of poetry by torture survivors and their families. Her work appears in local and national publications including Autumnal: A Collection of Elegies (audio collection available through Kore Press), The Invisible City: On the Plaza Between (video by Jamie Lee), Three Penny Review, and an upcoming collection, Tucson in the Aftermath: Prose, Politics & Hope, in honor of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Ann received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Tucson with her husband Chris Smith and their children Nick and Hadley.