Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Green Thread” by Vivian Finley Nida. Nida is a Teacher/Consultant with the Oklahoma Writing Project, affiliated with the University of Oklahoma. Her work has appeared in the Oklahoma Writing Project Centennial Anthology, Oklahoma English Journal, and Westview: Journal of Western Oklahoma. Nida holds a BA in English and an MS in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University and is a retired teacher of English, Creative Writing, and Advanced Composition. She lives with her husband in Oklahoma City.
Vivian Finley Nida
At the kitchen table the girl swings
bare feet above polished jade linoleum
sips sweet tea, mint sprigged, embroiders
stems to support first apron’s wide-eyed daisies
Outside they bow to St. Augustine runners visiting
Nandina stretching behind them
The air conditioner wakes from a dream
of glaciers, blows his Arctic breath
Like a pine frosted by the wind
she shivers to the porch and
backs against warm shingles in honeysuckled air
shoos an iridescent fly
Envious, she looks at Kitty in her fur coat
who brushes legs and pleads
with emerald eyes for arms to hold
Glad for the company she crosses
the lawn, passes weeping willow, heads
to the other side where she sits
in flowered clover, pierces and threads
stems, chains necklaces and searches
for four-leafed rarities
that stretch luck
Poet’s Notes: This began as an exercise using a color in the title and continuing to present it without restating it. As soon as the kitchen floor came to mind, I knew green was my color. With its association to new beginnings, I placed myself as a child there and the images of this carefree time simply unfolded—a stretch of luck!
Editor’s Note: I was transported to a happy place as I read. The green thread is woven throughout in a magical way.
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