Though I have snagged my shirt
on bits of this barbed wire day,
and herded my thoughts
into a narrow pasture
where no birds sing,
perhaps I can yet reach
that barefoot feeling
thought reserved for children
who spend their smiling hours
counting skips of rocks in summer streams.
I will dream my way to that,
wait for a host of stars to blossom
on bluebonnet road.
Darrell Lindsey is the author of Edge of the Pond ( Popcorn Press, 2012), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2007) and a Rhysling Award (2014). He won the 2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association Contest ( Long Form category), as well as the 2014 Balticon Poetry Contest.
His haiku and tanka have garnered numerous international awards, and one of his poems is included in Haiku In English: The First Hundred Years ( W.W.Norton & Company, 2013).