1957 – Author Candace Meredith

The flag is half mass.

The dog lays beneath

a skinny tree in a wide-

open yard. His thirst

is not satisfied; he

drinks from the fountain.

There is an expanse of

Milkweed; the voluptuous

purple bulbs are attractive;

a butter-colored butterfly

takes notice, bats its

wings and scuttles on by.

The orchard is dry; rotted

apples litter the yard.

The earthworms beneath

the dirt are happy; it’s cool

there and its merely

dawn. Going to be over

100 today Condry stifles

a complaint. Don’t forget

to stop and pick the raspberries

Ruby hollers back, in a week

they’ll be all dried up she

says. The fish are bite’n

Condry says, aint

got time for pick’n

raspberries he snorts,

gonna have fish for a week –

won’t have the need for

no raspberries he says,

kicks up the bucket and

walks toward the horizon,

fishing gear in tow.

The dog shuffles through the door –

the heat closing behind him.   


© Candace Meredith


Excerpt from the book Contemplation

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Candace Meredith About the Author

Candace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, Backbone Mountain Review, Anthology 17, Greensilk Journal and The Broadkill Review.  She currently works as a Freelance Editor for an online publishing company and has earned her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University. Her first effort in writing a collaborative children’s book is a progress in the making and Candace anticipates seeing completion of the book in 2017.

Visit Candace’s Author Page At: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/candace-meredith.html

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