Mary Belardi Erickson

In Issue 4 on October 31, 2009 at 7:44 am
Whaling Song
Life swallowing you     like the whale did Jonah.

when you jump a train heading     in a hurting direction.

So you resting in a silver culvert,
                    its ribs like whale bones.

After hot questions     cool steel a comfort

the trickling flow     soothing your bare feet
                                 while you bind a loose sole.

Beneath the clanging traffic,

you watching pointed tail feathers,
              a swallow tending its nest

of hungry chirps     filling this metal tunnel.

You wondering which way
to right,
               as a bird instinctually flies.

Mary Belardi Erickson was born in Passaic, New Jersey but experienced a rural upbringing in southern Minnesota.  She has a BA from Augsburg College, Minneapolis and a MA from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, and post-masters studies in literature and writing at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Indiana. She has taught in post-secondary institutions. Her son, Joe, is a computer technology specialist.  She enjoys country living with her husband, Jon, in west central Minnesota. Her poetry has been published both online and in print, recently in Flutter, Numinous, The Aurorean, Oak Bend Review, Bolts of Silk, Avocet, Perspectives, forthcoming in Mindflights, Waterways, as well as others.

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