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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Poem: 95 words
By Elizabeth Rivers

Route 73 with Pigeons

My Subaru rolls over rows of shadows: 
hundreds of pigeons high on wires, 
catching the sermon of the sun, 
the swell, refrain of westerlies above the road. 
Amiable multitudes, amplitudes of angels 
might learn from crowded pigeons, flock 
closer to inspire accelerating souls 
who can’t ignore the jam, elude 
exhaust: the methane, carbon sent aloft. 

Oh, glittering angels circling in the inter-
mittent light! Perch here, cling here to share 
your feathered, fathered life 

and how to speed the tedious work 
to save celestial freedoms: 
sunlight, shadow, weather, clouds and air. 

Elizabeth Rivers
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

was chosen as the 2008 Montgomery Poet Laureate as judged by Marie Howe. Since then she has written three poetry books: Colors of the Universe (Aldrich Press, 2013), What I’d Give Up for Wisdom (Kelsay Books, 2017), and Living in the Sky (Kelsay Books, 2019). For many years she studied with Chris Bursk’s poetry class at BCCP [Buck’s County Community College], and she continues to workshop with her former classmates.

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