From a Dove

Only the Wormwood Star
should carry bitterness.
Hearts were not meant
for such heavy loads.
Anger weighs
one thousand pounds
hooks itself in
anchors one down.
A feather is forgiveness
hard to catch in the wind
or hold in a hand.
It darts all about.
Chase it
through the meadow
around the sea.
It lands.
Breathe heavily,
bend low
cup it in your palm.

-Ann Iverson

Ann Iverson, poet/artist, is the author of Come Now to the Window (Laurel Poetry Collective) , Definite Space and Art Lessons (Holy Cow! Press). Her fourth collection Mouth of Summer is forthcoming from Kelsay Books. A graduate of Hamline University’s writing programs, her poems have appeared on Writer’s Almanac, and her art has been featured in several art exhibits as well as in a permanent installation at the UM Children’s Hospital. Currently she is writing/illustrating a series of children’s books based on her dachshund and her first book children’s book is forthcoming from Orange Hat Press.

More of her poetry and art can be found at http://anniverson.weebly.com/