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Virginia Connors

Floating Mirror

 

As if it belonged there, as if

it were a feather released by that heron

flapping off, low to the water,

a mirror floats across the lake,

 

glass floating on glass.

A light breeze hums it along.

Shining on its surface, a few drops of water

wobble and settle into one another.

 

Small gleam of consciousness

between water and air, cloud

and reflection, the mirror

drifts. I wonder

 

what carries us, what can ever

be known. Soon the clouds

will smolder, their edges leaking gold

as darkness settles into sky and water.

 

The loon will warble its long,

haunting call. Something within me,

something beyond language,

will want to answer.

 

Sunlight settles warm on my arms

Yellow perch and mean-mouthed pike

troll below, through weeds that sway

like trees on a breezy day.

 

Like the fish, I swerve

in my fields of endeavor, 

a shadow chasing shadows.

When the mirror snags in some lilies

 

I do not rescue it. Their stems are long

and tough. Their creamy blossoms,

a little ragged at the edges,

clutch small suns in their centers.

 

I would not call it tragedy, this

interrupted journey. To be held

by something that goes down

so deep, that opens so wide.

 

 

White Orchids Greet Me on Waking

 

Crowding  the woody stem

twenty-three faces turn toward me

 

luminous white, their petals a flotilla

of sails. They become the children

 

I’ve held to my heart. And grandparents.

Aunts. Parents once so tall.  Here are the

 

selves I’ve almost shed. This morning

they’ve come to call, dressed

 

in white petals. Now they’re a flock

of butterfly wings. They begin

 

to carry me away.  I return lighter.

The memory of kindness fills my kitchen

 

where a world of white orchids has unfurled.

 

 

Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of two poetry collections: The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line and Barbarians in the Kitchen, as well as a chapbook, Under the Porch, winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Award. Connors lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she is an English teacher. She also serves as West Hartford’s Poet Laureate.