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.