Strong summer cobwebs
Hold their own in the afternoon wind.
A dove’s tail touches the lacy spider world,
And then her wings take her
Up to the fragrant top
Of the waving pine.
There is life beyond our imagining
Here in this high land of shadow and light—
This lofty place of seeds and insects,
Of feather-song and squirrels in hiding.
“We lift up our hearts,”
We have said a thousand times.
Queen of Heaven, Queen of Gossamer,
Of feathers and fronds,
Transform our words into sacred song.
Rose Anna Higashi is a retired professor of English Literature, Japanese Literature, Poetry and Creative Writing. She writes a monthly blog, “Tea and Travels,” which appears on her website, www.myteaplanner.com, where many of her lyric poems and haiku are published. Her poems have also appeared recently on Americamedia.com, the Ekphrastic Review, Poets Online, The Agape Review and The Avocet. Rose Anna lives in rural Hawaii with her husband Wayne.