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Literary Hook: Poem celebrates prairie grasses in the fall
By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Here is a poem that celebrates the prairie grasses that grace this area during the fall.
Amidst Prairie Grass
Pennestum setacei Rubrum.
Miscanthus sinesis Gracillimus.
Even the names are benedictions here.
Fall with its drama of transformation,
its salutation to the sun. Indian Summer:
golden spears and reeds rippling Ravenna grass.
Pampas grass. Frosted grasses
rooted in pungent black earth.
Riverways of roots and tubes.
Mondo grass returning to its source.
A single seed
deep within in a great labyrinth unseen:
So much goes on without us.
This poem was first published in Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity, Wind Pubications, 2005.Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.
From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue