Dawn Hogue is a Wisconsin writer who spent 25 years teaching high school English. Hogue's poetry has appeared in Stoneboat Literary Journal, Making it Speak: Poets & Artists in Cahoots, and Intersections: Art and Poetry. Currently, she is seeking representation for her first novel. Since 2013, Hogue has served a writing tutor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth and enjoys helping middle school age children find their writer voices.
Inspired by “A Starry Night” by Van Gogh
Aeolus sighs and exhales,
almost ready to surrender
to stillness who will rule
until his return. Winking
at the setting sun,
he gathers its warmth
and blows a gentle gale
into the sky, where it gathers
stars and clouds and dusk,
and rolls them into a noisy ball
that knocks its din into hillsides
onto rooftops, shakes canopies
of trees and pricks itself
upon the steeple before
into the corners of the
night, finally to sleep.
Inspired by the art quilt, "Barn With No Bats” by Kathleen Erbek
The deep purple evening star
fades on Aunt Gracie's barn
and spent raspberry canes wither,
ready to be cut down for mulch.
Soon the stone walk will disappear
as will the still vigorous grass
she hasn't the time to mow
under downy blankets of snow
that only birds
or her snowshoes will disturb.
It is an autumn sky,
the morning haze lifted
to a light yellow afternoon.
In the fruit cellar, she rustles
through yesterday's bushel for us,
finding the best unblemished apples.
Seven bushels line the wall,
the best for pies, the others to press,
the fallen she leaves for bees,
or if she's lucky one evening, a doe.
Later, in our own home,
we speak of her, we say
perhaps this is her last year,
that she's getting so frail,
unaware that in her bones
a young girl awakens
with each step up the ladder,
each glint of russet catching her eye.