Tamara Madison is the author of the chapbook “The Belly Remembers”, and two full-length volumes of poetry, “Wild Domestic” and “Moraine”, all published by Pearl Editions. Her work has appeared in Chiron Review, Your Daily Poem, A Year of Being Here, Nerve Cowboy, the Writer’s Almanac and other publications. She is thrilled to have recently retired from teaching English and French in a Los Angeles high school.
The last May rain sent up new shoots
among the sagging spring flowers;
they all turned to kindling by September.
Now we wander through days of brown sky
and ash settling on dusty ground, air
so dark with smoke we can’t see
the sun when it sets. The eerie calls
of owls color the air, their shadowy forms
thicken on tree limbs, exhausted from hunting
all through the red night of afternoon.