Friday, 24 August 2018


Fresh green flats of fields

by Mary Wescott Riser


Fresh green flats of fields
steal attention from the mountains.
Little Miss Planning and Remembering
is too busy to notice.

The valley ceiling leaden above the winter wheat
until a blast of sun makes it impossible
to notice anything else.

Loose ends of thought
like beetles, scatter.


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Mary Wescott Riser worked in Virginia independent schools for 30 years, most recently as Head of School at James River Day School, a K-8 day co-ed day school in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she served as Head for ten years. Mary received her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Georgetown University and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Oregon.  She writes the education blog “What’s Best For the Children?” www.maryriser.org. Mary and her husband, George, live in Covesville, Virginia and have two adult children.

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