Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of four collections of poetry, including her latest book, A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014). Her awards include a Nautilus Book Award, the Poetry for their Freedom Award, the Joy Harjo Poetry
Prize, and numerous others. Her work has been published in the Asheville Poetry Review, 2013 Poet’s Market, Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, storySouth, Verse Daily, North Carolina Literary Review, and many other publications. For more information about Terri’s work, please visit her website.
From Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009). This poem first appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, © 2009, and also appears in The Southern Poetry Anthology, © 2014. Used here with the author’s permission.
Queen Anne’s Lace
by Terri Kirby Erickson
Queen Anne’s lace dandies up
a ditch, like embroidered hankies
in a farmer’s pocket.
Such tiny seed-pearl petals
seem hand-sewn by
seraphim to their purple
centers—yet they thrive
in common places, fine as tatted
borders, blanket-stitched to burlap.