a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Decapitated hills spill their heavy-metal brains
into valleys and streams below. Mutilated ridges
make him recollect the dreaded childhood task
of killing chickens—an axe swing spurring
headless birds on a last dash from death.
Now in shadowed afternoon, ancient mountains
kneel along the interstate, awaiting the blade.
M. Stone is a bookworm, birdwatcher, and stargazer who writes poetry while living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bop Dead City, SOFTBLOW, Calamus Journal, and numerous other print and online journals. She can be reached at writermstone.wordpress.com.