The Arousal of Spring

by Karla Linn Merrifield

Such a force
like gravity        the moon’s
firm embrace

like Beaufort Six winds        stiff
quick to stir me

like a wild gyre        pacific
a joyful grip

like the barred owl        her scream
laughter        mating calls to my heart
fool, old fool, don’t do it, don’t do it
I hear at first        but
she sings my need
to life
so I do

A Pushcart Prize nominee and 2009 Everglades National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has had poetry appear in publications such as CALYX, Earth’s Daughters, Poetica, The Kerf, Negative Capability, Paper Street, and Blueline; online in The Centrifugal Eye,, Elsewhere: A Journal of the Literature of Place, and Elegant Thorn Review, and in several anthologies. In 2006, she edited THE DIRE ELEGIES: 59 Poets on Endangered Species of North America, from FootHills Publishing; in 2007, FootHills issued her Godwit: Poems of Canada. She is poetry editor of Sea Stories and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye. She teaches writing part-time at SUNY College at Brockport.

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