Orchard Psalm: I have twisted

by Marilyn McCabe

I have twisted their bodies
on staffs, rows
of them exposed.
They are becoming
ruddy. Soon
it will be time
to gather
and store.
Make of me
a harvester.
Make of me
bees. Something
in me has
gone to seed.

MARILYN MCCABE‘s book of poems Glass Factory was published in spring 2016. Her first full-length collection of poems, Perpetual Motion, was published in 2012 by The Word Works as the winner of its Hilary Tham Capitol Collection Contest. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as Nimrod, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly, French translations and songs on Numero Cinq, and videopoems on Gnarled Oak and The Continental Review. Her poem “On Hearing the Call to Prayer Over the Marcellus Shale on Easter Morning” was awarded A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize, fall 2012. She blogs about writing and reading at marilynonaroll.wordpress.com.

Photo: “Impatient seeds” by CameliaTWU