by Mary Wescott Riser
Today announce they’re in for one more season:
Crab apple, cherry, pear,
Red bud, maple
Chick weed, camellia
Grape hyacinth, blue bells
And the palest of pink stars, small as babies’ toenails,
Scattered along the high bank of the creek.
Named or not, each calls out to the world.
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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.