The aquarium waterfalls bubble
in perpetual green algae springtime.
I open How To Read Water
about adhesions, water striders,
redirected honey eddies.
Mosaic backsplash tiles
refract pointillist shadows.
Behind a glass water pitcher swim
garbled blue fins
twisting starfish arms.
I salute the great-grandmothers
pumping water into sinks,
all those baskets of apples to wash.
It’s autumn again in Norwood
twenty miles away and a century.
An old frame house watches
the pond’s ripples turning pink.
Its eyes are window panes,
antique glass wavering at sunset
until darkness burns liquid flames.
~ Denise Low
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award for Shadow Light. Other books are a memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press) and A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press). Jackalope, fiction, was acclaimed by Pennyless (U.K.), American Book Review, and New Letters. She has won 3 Ks. Notable Book Awards and recognition from PSA, Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Award, NEH, and more. Low has an MFA (Wichita State U.) and Ph.D. (Ks.U.). She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. www.deniselow.net