How does it feel, you ask, and all
I can say is like coming to life:
an errant seed blown into a dab of soil,
brave weed sprung staunch from a cracked sidewalk
on the West Side. An inertness that begins
to stir, a quiet chemical reaction.
Water changing to wine, cotton spinning
itself to silk, lead turning to gold.
I’m sure you get my drift: the sum, its parts,
the jigsaw puzzle solved in an instant,
the pieces flying home. The answers to the test
written in permanent ink against your palm.
The noose loosened in the nick of time.
Someone’s blonde hair blown careless in a breeze.
First appeared in San Pedro River Review – Fall 2014
Ricki Mandeville’s poems have recently appeared in Comstock Review, San Pedro River Review, Pea River Journal, Texas Poetry Calendar 2014, and other journals and anthologies. She is a cofounder and consulting editor of Moon Tide Press and the author of A Thin Strand of Lights (Moon Tide Press). A speaker for various literary events, she lives in Huntington Beach, California.