Harbinger – Jenifer DeBellis

She rides the rusted tree line
just beyond the sleepy town limits
& descends upon a field of spent
goldenrod.
                    Lone burnt leaf floats
to the ground where empty acorn tops
become a trail of hollow kisses
leading nowhere
in particular. She carries
a message into the wind—her bare
feet grind neon bursts
on the field’s edge.
Her skirt hems flutter. Her
hair sways in a calypso
rhythm only she and the griot know
the tempo for. Into the meadow
at dusk she runs, sets a murder
of crows to flight. They scatter,
rising from the switchgrass
as the ghosts of ancestors do in visions.
Some glide beside her,
                                         hover
with wings outstretched
as if to lead the girl in a shadow
                                         stride that drags
the last shreds of light from the day.

Jenifer DeBellisMetro Detroit Freelance Writer Jenifer DeBellis is Pink Panther Magazine’s Executive Editor and Media Director for the Detroit Writers’ Guild. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Solstice of Pine Manor College. A former writer-in-residence for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, she facilitates workshops for Oakland University’s MBWP Writing Camps. JDB teaches writing for Saginaw Valley State University and Macomb Community College. When she’s not editing or writing for others, she sneaks in time for her own craft, which appears in the Aurorean, AWP’s Festival Writer, the Good Men Project, Literary Orphans, Sliver of Stone, Solstice Literary Magazine, and other fine journals.