June 11, 2013

Something Certain Above Us by Scott Owens

Another silhouette of tree
against the sky. This time
of year you see them everywhere,
black lacework of limbs
letting things through,
undeniably there but transparent,
standing out in 3-D
against a backdrop of morning’s pink,
purple clouds, orange fire of sunset.
They can’t help but impress,
such endless parting of ways
granting shape to contrast,
inverted tributaries fanning out
into sky, ornate, intricate,
complicated things in a world
we keep trying to make simple.

Scott Owens’ tenth collection of poetry, Shadows Trail Them Home, was recently published by Clemson University Press.  His prior work has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the NC Writers Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC.  He is the founder of Poetry Hickory, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and 234, and vice president of the NC Poetry Society.  Born and raised in Greenwood, SC, he currently teaches at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC.

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