Mountain Aubade


Inside    a    blue-cupped    palm,   yellow    tipped    mountain,    wild    dogwood,     pine


in the wind that rocks it. Broken-limbed oak with its spider silk and pale gray

spring shoot.


Where one way is blasted, four more branch. The earth keeps pressing me

with good news.

I’ll go on answering with this skin, these eyes, this tongue. Cold dawn lovers,

here  I am.

Kim Garcia, author of Madonna Magdalene, is the recipient of the 2014 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize. She has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and her work has appeared or will appear in Crazy Horse, Mississippi Review, Cimarron Review and Subtropics, among others. She teaches creative writing at Boston College.