Lookout Mountain

Rick Alley

Stuffed with the tongues
of hummingbirds

the snapdragons
stoically choked

through August into
fall.

Mother heard
the thunder

days before
the storm.

Of course, her nerves
were a spine

of army ants
on fire.


Rick Alley is the author of The Talking Book of July and August Machine. He was a finalist for 2016 National Poetry Series Award and The Philip Levine Award.

Comments

  1. Linda Goulden says:

    Story, images, senses, atmosphere, form, enjoyable consonance, assonance, alliteration, small package. See what you mean.

  2. Yoby Henthorn says:

    Really good. Amazingly vivid.

  3. Jack Darrow says:

    this is a good poem

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