Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 15 . . .

The Trouble with Hope

     poem by Cheryl Snell

It’s so fragile
anything can kill it—
one cold night,
the smoking chimney
too far off in the distance,
another drought,
everyone at the table
either drunk or estranged;
but like a fisted bud,
it rides out even the deluge
that bends bough to ground,
and so persists—sometimes unsure,
like leaves curling and uncurling
outside the staking cage,
or blind as a root-plunge
that draws sap to stem. Like blood
to a muscle, it moves inside you,
a shadow as fickle as desire is,
yet ready to embrace you
if you would just turn around.

Cheryl and Janet Snell have eleven fiction, poetry, and art books between them. Most recently, the sisters won the 2008 Lopside Press Chapbook Competition for Prisoner's Dilemma, poetry and art inspired by game theory. The Snells run Scattered Light Publications, a micro press.

© 2009 Cheryl Snell & Janet Snell

Out for a Walk

     art by Janet Snell