John Savoie

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Consider the Lily

Lambent petals unfold
their cool fragrance

like angelic hands
cupped to hold

the pistil and stamen’s
sacred flame.

O Lord of lilies,
O God of holy fire,

how gently you open
the petalled heart

and kindle within
the sweetest flame.

Along the Dirt Road

Just as a tree bleeds
against the taut wire of the fence
before it swallows the rusting thorn
in the smoothness of its bark,
in the wholeness of its soul…

John Savoie teaches great books at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Best New Poets, and Poetry in Motion. John grew up at the end of a dirt road in southwestern Michigan.

Author’s Note: Did you know that lilies consist of six petals/sepals with rough bilateral symmetry surrounding the pistil and stamen?

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