This selection, chosen by guest editor Shlagha Borah, is from Of the Forest by Linda Ferguson, released by The Poetry Box in 2022.
Love Song 2
for my husband
Some things I love aren’t green – oatmeal’s cinnamon steam juice of peach, single strawberry easy breaths of blue bedroom moon-gray shoes with laces of velvet ink scrape and burn of crow’s caw the gleam of Gram’s onyx ring dreamy depths of our daughter’s azure paintings and our son’s red-gold hair somehow spun from the straw of our genes— but your voice— all sprouts and fronds and stirring seeds, laughing leaves, echo of bells over the hills – up and down and around we go every morning, the new, green tips of possibility.
Shlagha Borah (she/her) is a poet from Assam, India. Her work appears in Salamander, Nashville Review, Identity Theory, Longleaf Review, Variant Literature, Rogue Agent, and elsewhere. She is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is an Associate Poetry Editor at Grist. She has received support for her work from Brooklyn Poets and Sundress Academy for the Arts. She is the co-founder of Pink Freud, a student-led collective working towards making mental health accessible in India.
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