Copyright © by Howard R. Debs. All rights reserved.
It’s August, and I hold a glass of lemonade
so cold that drops of condensation spill
over my fingers, chill my throat.
Once ice in summer was a rich man’s fancy.
Someone with a shovel had to dig a chamber,
line it with stones all of a certain size and heft.
It must have taken many hours to find them,
to place them there, just so, and a pocketbook
sufficient to the task, all for the simple luxury
that I enjoy without a thought.
Someone had to chisel winter into blocks
and lower them into the hole, climb down
the spindly homemade ladder in the ground
to set the ropes around a chunk of ice
as heavy as a spinet, watch it rise,
knowing he’d never get to savor even a shard.
—Published previously in Rise Up Review (Winter 2018); appears here
with poet’s permission.
—Photograph by Howard R. Debs appears here with his permission, as well as by
permission of the Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation in Frederick,
shelters in place in Southern California, where she’s been putting the finishing touches on four new manuscripts, which are currently looking for a home. She is the author of four books of poems, including an ekphrastic chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012) and three collections: Narrow Bridge (Main Street Rag, 2019), Other-Wise (Kelsay, 2017), and A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014). Her poetry, reviews, articles, and essays have been published widely.
She has also edited a print anthology, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! Poetic Responses to NPR & PBS Stories (Nine Toes Press, 2014); an e-anthology of ekphrastic poetry, Over the Moon: Birds, Beasts, and Trees (Celebrating the Photographs of Beth Moon), which was published online in 2016 as a special edition of Poemeleon Journal; and a new ekphrastic anthology which has yet to be published.
After Blossom, ekphrastic poem after an etching
by Phil Greenwood in MacQueen’s Quinterly (Issue 3, May 2020)
Three Poems by Robbi Nester in Verse Virtual (January
of Attraction, ekphrastic poem after Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the
Rhone, in Verse Virtual (May 2019)
The Locusts, ekphrastic poem after a collage of the same name
by Mary Boxley Bullington, in The Ekphrastic Review (13 October 2015)