From Issue 10: Summer Dishes

Summer Dishes

Emily Strauss
A flower in the sun
late moon setting
hum of distant cars
nothing profound here—
but notice magenta
whorls, scarlet-throated
house finch, radiant
gorget of Ana’s tiny
hummingbird hovering,
this non-working noon’s
laid at the table
lingering bay trees
ceanothus hot smells
rising, summer dishes
float down, we settle
expectantly with knives
and serviettes.
Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college. Over 350 of her poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. She is both a Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee. The natural world of the American West is generally her framework; she also considers the narratives of people and places around her. She is a semi-retired teacher living in California.