Joy in the Morning – Ann Howells

The incredible beauty of a February morning,
stillness drapes crystal trees, blade-sharp light
pierces my red suede interior. Dazzling.

I know too the summer sunrise, pastel wash,
my shadow falling far behind, reaching back
toward my beginnings. A new awakening.

I attune my ears to birdsong, peepers, cicadas.
Skittering of a gecko on the wall, cottontails
on the lawn. How I wish I could sing.
Ann Howells

Ann Howells serves on the board of Dallas Poets Community, a 501-c-3 non-profit, and has edited the poetry journal, Illya’s Honey, since 1999. She has two Best of the Net and four Pushcart nominations. Her publications are, Black Crow in Flight (Main Street Rag, 2007), the Rosebud Diaries (Willet, 2012), Under a Lone Star (Village Books Press, 2016), and Cattlemen & Cadillacs, an anthology of Dallas/Ft. Worth poets that she is editing will be released by Dallas Poets Community Press in early summer.