Our friend Helen Losse, whose previously featured poems on Women’s Voices for Change were meditations on nature and faith, here considers the nature of beauty.



A neighbor’s pine tree—
once tall—is now horizontal,
at the back of our yard,
uprooted roots pointing skyward.

I guess the wind I heard blow
hard against the window took it down.
Those thunderstorms from last week
must have water-logged the soil,

so that tumbling became easy. The tree
makes camouflage for the rusted shed,
the lop-sided, useless swing set,
& small cement mixer stored near the back

of our neighbors’ lot.  I wish the tree were
gone. But what can I contrast beauty to,
if I don’t see abandoned ugliness,
through my window toward the world?


Photo by bterrycompton via Flickr

Reprinted, with the poet’s permission, from Seriously Dangerous (Main Street Rag, 2011) by Helen Losse.

Helen Losse is the author of two full-length poetry books, Seriously Dangerous (Main Street Rag, 2011) and Better With Friends (Rank Stranger Press, 2009) and three chapbooks. Her poems have been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and three times for a Best of the Net award, one of which was a finalist. Her book Seriously Dangerous was on the long list for a 2012 SIBA Book Award. She is the Poetry Editor for online literary magazine The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.







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