Issue Three: Summer 2018

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ED HIGGINS

BLUE HERON

This morning a great blue heron
stalks my back fields

more gray than anyone’s blue
in this early spring mist

feather  blood  bone  vigilant bill

a strange hieroglyph pacing
my turning winter-fled fields

this shadowy imaged Osiris
far from temple walls

once listening for lost Egyptian souls.
Now voices rising in the damp fog

are frogs awaiting his dread release.

That glinting scalpel the sun
opens blue sky    slit growing wider

rolling everywhere across the wet field
bare and smooth as green-dyed silk.

The blue-gray bird resolute to old desires
waiting   listening   into elaborate scenery

he steps deliberately as blood flows,
seeming more ancient still.

 


About the Author

Ed Higgins’ poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including: MonkeybicycleUut PoetryTriggerfish Critical Review, Word Riot, and Tigershark Magazine, among others. He and his wife live on a small organic farm in Yamhill, OR, where they raise a menagerie of animals. Ed teaches literature at George Fox University, south of Portland, OR, and is Assistant Fiction Editor for Ireland-based Brilliant Flash Fiction.

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