beautiful and ordinary,
Sunflowers in the fields;
seeds of fallen stars,
standing tall; deeply rooted
in this land.
I’ve admired how our flowers shine,
grasping towards the sky
beyond the prairie grass; anchored
down to earth; mimicking
When a gardener plants
the seeds of Helianthus, he is
performing magic; raising
stars out of the dust where
buzzing planets circle,
half red moons set; and swarming
comets float in orange comas.
I’ve always felt that
late at night, in the bed of a truck,
in a Kansas field; we were
at the center of this universe.
…and I was exactly where I should be,
amongst the flowers; not below.
Huascar Medina has lived artfully in Topeka, Kansas since 2001. He is the father of the four-year-old demigod, Sebastian Rook. Currently he is a member of Topeka’s Speak Easy poetry group and the Red Tail Collective in Lawrence. His first published poem appeared in HomeWords: A Project of the Kansas Poet Laureate. In February 2016, his poetry will be featured in Reverberated Echoes: A Kansas City Reader (Asinimali Publications). He is also a magnificent crow.
Guest editor: Annette Hope Billings is an poet/actress/playwright from Topeka, KS, who has written two collections of poetry. In 2015, she stepped away from four decades of nursing to writing full-time and explore where her creative path was leading her. Her most recent collection of poetry, A Net Full of Hope, was published last year and has been well-received, garnering her a readers’ proposed title of “Maya of the Midwest.” For more info about her book:tinyurl.com/anfohbook To view videos of her work: tinyurl.com/anfohvideos To follow her on FaceBook: Facebook.com/anetfullofhope.