Allegra Jostad Silberstein


Brothers and sisters 
farm to city
midwest to east, to west~
spider threads on the autumn breeze.

Family and friends  
here and around the globe 
heart-gardens holding them~
wild lupins and poppies color spring.

Fallen leaves 
brushed by the wind 
into crevices and crannies~
wanderers far from home.

Poems scattered
in my unknowing
wait for their spelling~ 
words lost, the search goes on.

A Wish for Softness

Night mist does not close off a full moon~ 
light reflected
in a large circle above trees 
that sketch the sky with dark ink.

Footnotes carry me in inches of time to you.
In my rooted heaviness I hear your voice ~ 
chance the memory of hands 
recording passage in this night.

There was a period after your name 
in the last letter you wrote.
Evening sunset turns 
reflects in the eastern sky

This is not a memorial chant
about the ache of loss ~ rather 
a remembrance and wish for softness
for one who found this life too hard.  

Allegra grew up on a farm in Wisconsin but has lived in California since 1963. Her love of poetry began as a child when her mother would recite poems as she worked. In 2010 she was chosen as the first Poet Laureate for the city of Davis, CA. She is widely published in journals and has three chapbooks. A full length book of poetry was published in 2015 (Cold River Press). Allegra also performs with the Third Stage dance company in Davis and is a member of the Threshold Choir.

Flights, Issue Six, September 2022