Last August as barometers

fell and skies spun their pewter webs,

we dreamed of rain. Watching thirsty

sourwoods blush before the light

shifted, we pressed that buxom summer

to fill our shelves with bottles of bread

and butter pickles, spicy salsa, home brew.

Dog days courted the fat winds

out of Alabama, teased us to seventh heaven,

hid downpours in fox grapes and persimmons.

That year we looked up, sought safe haven

in a Farmer’s almanac. The hours sailed

toward summer’s end, in graceful orbit of Earth,

and we prayed like refugees for nimble ideas

to reunite land and sky. Patient love

sweltered between line-dried sheets. We

believed sundogs were omens, believed we

could pull them apart like wishbones to find water.

Our oracles hid in flowers, still seeds under dry soil,

in warts of a mother bulb. This year swells open,

nick of time, lusciously wet and brilliantly blue

and this summer we wake to cool mornings,

pregnant with thunderheads, bursting

like ripe plums most afternoons. Yellow anthers

shiver Jove offerings onto flighty heels

of bees, our gardens yield licentious bounty.

Bullfrogs practice swallowing the pond.

We wish Eden weren’t so capricious,

but our wild hearts know better. We are

the fickle ones, and paradise meets us here.

rm mist

rm mist was raised in the South Cumberland Plateau region. She also lived in the southwest U.S. and northern Virginia before resettling in Sewanee, TN, where she resides now with her partner, John Michael Hurt; her dog, Sophie; and a flock of hens. In school, she studied as much rock science and anthropology as she did literature, so she admits to being largely a self-taught life poet. Her primary writing coach and dearest friend is Judyth Hill. She self-published 3 chapbooks: Inviting Calamity, The Ariadne Passage, and Hamsa, Hamsa, Hamsa, as well as an ekphrastic collaborative book of 13 poems and paintings with artist, Quala—a.k.a. Candance Birch—titled, The Transit of Venus. A few of her poems have been published in Sacred Fire magazine and Sundress Publications. Currently she is working on a new collection titled Bloom. Her poetry blog can be found here: