Five Poems

tempest \ˈtem-pəst\ n.


a  season,       rush  ,


furious   drum,


sometimes used

as   love




bird \ˈbərd\ n., v.


a fowl;             a flying.


among    men, a game.


A girl


to thieve.




mud \ˈməd\ n., v.


a deep grunting


charged           with disease   or


a long, slender


pair of legs

side by side


with spiders    .



To bury


in moist   soft earth


after rain.




coal \ˈkōl\ n.


wood               burning


in the language of    oil,        a fire


called fossil   .             divided





wire \ˈwī(-ə)r\ n.


Slender   metal    to   pass  between


or  bridge suspended from                  shot


the course cloth           strained   ,


arbitrar  y as countries   ,


lines    across field  s   .

M. L. Brown is the author of Drought, winner of the Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including The Valparaiso Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and PMS PoemMemoirStory. When not working on her poetry, Ms. Brown devotes her time to raising funds for a non-profit women’s health care organization.