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PETOSKEY

by Christine Marie Umscheid

Rain has dissolved the early winter snow
in this northern town.
I wander inside between seasons.

Aging weakness marks the house with quiet.
Cool air no longer brings
solace and companionship.

How do I share wisdom
that came so painfully?

The chair leans with everyone's weight.
Sharp colors of cloth run together
from bodies sliding in and out.

Days no longer offer enough hours.
My legs are on fire with age.

The dormant sky waits like a Pincherry seed
holding fertile soil.
Here, on the table, food breaks into bread.
Hunger lies still.

In my hand a fossiled stone
holds day and night, hot and cold in its belly.
We searched the beach for connections of
stone and town.
Childhood hands lift one rock
mirroring lake and home.

Daylight voices travel lightly and enter
walls. Memories rattle the windows.

Christina-marie (Christina Marie Umscheid), born 1946 in Weiden, West Germany was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri and has lived in Petoskey, Michigan since 1976. Publishings include such magazines as; CHICAGO REVIEW, HIRAM POETRY REVIEW, CALIBAN, ODYSSEY, THE POETRY REVIEW, NEGATIVE CAPABILITY, THE OLD RED KIMONO, GREAT LAKES REVIEW, HURON REVIEW, THE MAC GUFFIN, SOU'WESTER, GREAT MIDWESTERN QUARTERLY and MOONSHADE(e-zine and paper).

Her debut on the Internet was December 1996 in the e-zine, WORLD POETRY. Since then she has appeared in MOONDANCE: CELEBRATING CREATIVE WOMEN, BLUE PENNY QUARTERLY, SWITCHED-ON GUTENBERG, GRUENE STREET, SNAKESKIN, THE POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY, BLACK SWAN REVIEW and will in LEXICON.
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