Literary Journal – Spring 2017


By Susan Wagner


Arms outstretched to catch the living

Water, that falls so gently, gathering earth’s


Pollen to distribute where needed –

It is sufficient for now, a promise to


Plant roots and trees, a warning to the

Little critters, those chipmunks that race


Across the grass, throwing themselves down

Hidey-holes. The birds take the warning to


Heart, flying back and forth to the feeder

For its sunflower seeds, the earth for its bugs,


Snug and full in their nests by the time thunder



My arms are still there stretching to capture

This wild water, this bit of uncontrollable life,


This living thing that slides into my soul

As easily as it slides down to roots. There I


Am, for one moment, a part of creation that

Knows its place and revels in its glory.


Susan Wagner, a former therapist, facilitated creative and poetry writing group therapies. She’s published poetry, short stories and feature articles for many years and taught both creative and business writing. Susan is currently finishing her second novel and is an editor with The Pearl S. Buck Writing Center.