THE HIDDEN MEADOW
by Richard Jones
The secret meadow lay between two hills,
with grass that rose up to a man’s chest.
When I’d lie down, I’d disappear completely.
The grass would bend down gently under me.
The way a child makes an angel in the snow,
I made sorrow’s shape. It was much like lying
in an open grave and looking up at heaven,
the clouds passing over, so far up and distant.
It seemed there was nothing else in the world,
just the tall grass bowing and bending, golden
in the sunlight, the meadow ready for the sickle,
every tall blade pointing upward, the distant
song of a few high white clouds in the pale sky
just enough to pull me through the sunny day.
Richard Jones’s new book, Stranger on Earth, is forthcoming
from Copper Canyon Press in 2018. Editor of Poetry East and
its many anthologies—including Paris, Origins, and Bliss—Jones
also edits the free worldwide poetry app, “The Poet’s Almanac.”
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