Carol Grametbauer

Once, in July

I found three red mushrooms
gleaming in the yard
like beacons, caps smooth as stones,
tawny stalks. Once I saw
a spider with its shed skin
dangling nearby
in the web, forlorn
as a castoff soul. And once
a baby toad
at the edge of the garden 
hopped onto my hand,
and I lifted it
to look into its eyes,
which were ringed with light, 
tiny pools brimming 
with summer’s mystery.


Carol Grametbauer’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Connecticut River Review, and Third Wednesday, and in several anthologies. Her chapbook, Now & Then, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2014. She lives in Kingston, Tennessee, where she is chair of the board of directors of Tennessee Mountain Writers


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