Cicada by Anna Egan Smucker

In a sidewalk crack—
its shell,
a burst of life 
after years 
in darkness, 

As your eyes close
and trees disrobe, 
remember sun, the juice 
of a perfect pear, shiver 
of first love, stars in water
unruffled, deep.

The rush of rain,
an ocean’s
roiling undertow;
the waves you named
for sorrows
and let them go.

Night and the rocking 
of your tiny boat, 
the slap, slap that made 
you breathe in light; 
the trees, the trees—
their new wet leaves.

Anna Egan Smucker is the author of eight award-winning books. No Star Nights (Knopf, 1989) won the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Two recently published books represented West Virginia at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Her newest book, Fallingwater, co-authored with West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, was published to critical acclaim by Roaring Brook/Macmillan (2017). Recipient of a WV Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Award, Anna’s poems have been published in several anthologies.

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