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Susan M. Botich

Susan Botich
on the maple’s breast,
slowly raising, lowering
her wings,
patterned translucent,
she waits.
She’d won
life, its becoming,
cocooned inside a weave
of night.
Now the newborn listens.
sky and she begins
again. Turning, turning,
her wings
sing whispers through dawn,
until wind’s breath
chants the annual spring prayer:
Leave that
chrysalis to the branch
Susan M. Botich has published her poems in Margie, The American Journal of Poetry, Rattlesnake Review, The Meadow, The Danse Macabre, Illya’s Honey, Wildflower Magazine, The Tonopah Review, Avocet, The Inflectionist Review, About Place Journal, and Edgar Allan Poet Annual Journal 2013. She has poems forthcoming in EAP Journal #2 and Poetry In Motion (PIM Publishing).
Ms. Botich has been the recipient of two Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship awards, two Nevada Arts Council Jackpot grants, and a Professional Development grant. Since 2005, she has been working as a freelance writer for regional and national magazines, news publications and businesses.


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