Nature keeps sending signs: the snake racing the curve ahead of my bike, the redwing flushed suddenly to defend its nest, a huge pine cone resting like a fertile goddess on the sidewalk, waiting the lift from wind or human that will kick it into fertile soil.
It will be like this until Fall closes the door. Fertile days in the Northern Hemisphere!
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Glenda Bailey-Mershon is the author of the novel Eve’s Garden (Twisted Road, 2014), the story of three generations of Romani women surviving in North Georgia, USA, during the 1960s. She is also the author of Weaver’s Knot: Poems (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming 2023) and other poetry titles, including sa-co-ni-ge/blue smoke: poems from the Southern Appalachians (Jane’s Stories) and Bird Talk: Poems (Wild Dove). A founder of the nonprofit, Jane’s Stories Press Foundarion, which presents the Clara Johnson Award for Women’s Literature, she edited four of their anthologies, the latest being Bridges and Borders, featuring immigrant women writers.
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