Midwest Spring by Frank Higgins

Fort Riley tank blast:

the field answers with a burst

of white butterflies



the dank root cellar:

with the light from a knothole

bulbs break from boxes



the tornado starts

with the moths swirling at noon

around the streetlight



nuclear plant site:

bulldozers brought to a halt

by the sudden rain



after the long rain

even the telephone pole

beginning to bud



the morning mist fades—

for a moment row by row

the dark plowed earth shines

~ Frank Higgins

Frank Higgins is the author of the play “The Sweet By ‘n’ By” which was produced with Tony-winner Blythe Danner and then future-Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. He also wrote the play “Black Pearl Sings!” which has been widely produced across the country and in Europe. He is the author of two books of poetry, and two books of haiku.


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