Marigolds and Doves 

I didn't write this poem
to tell you that the Saudis
approved a marriage 
of an eight year old girl,

nor did I wish to relate
how when the militants bombed 
Islamabad, the whole city 
square singed red. 

I almost forgot to say
the Taliban executed a couple
because they eloped when
their parents disapproved the union.

What I really wanted to tell you
was how the sky
hammocked the moon last night
between her thirsty dippers

and rocked that globe of marigolds
for all to see --
as they await a peace of spring.

-- Judith A. Brice


Judith A. Brice is a recently retired psychiatrist who practiced in Pittsburgh. She lives in Edgewood. Her work has been publlished in the Paterson Literary Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other journals. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.


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