by Timothy Tarkelly
Fervent clay Confounded frame, statuary Glimmering child’s eye Aflame and young Crying to Christ’s star For a blanket of cool air Gentle fingers to soothe The face of foundation Original homes of enrobed men Brush the mountain pines Direct the rivers Bring life into all hills Quiet prayers, large beads Settle notions of muscle Grit teeth, bless The children Tie colts in the churchyard Ride for peace Back to Jerusalem
Timothy Tarkelly’s work has appeared in Jupiter Review, Paddler Press, Rhodora Magazine, and others. He has published several poetry collections, including Gently in Manner, Strongly in Deed: Poems on Eisenhower (Spartan Press) and On Slip Rigs and Spiritual Growth (OAC Books). His most recent collection is a collaboration with Ukrainian painter Elena Samarsky, entitled All Other Forms of Expression (OAC Books). When he’s not writing, he teaches in Southeast Kansas.