Edith Scott Johnson

(Tifton, Georgia, USA)

Edith Scott Johnson Poems

1. Kentucky Mayday 1/2/2003
2. Ascetic Backwash 1/2/2003
3. Grief Leaving 1/2/2003

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  • Thomas (6/29/2018 3:43:00 PM)

    She wrote a lot of good stuff.

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Best Poem of Edith Scott Johnson

Kentucky Mayday

Along the Kentucky River on first May;
You strode tall, I stumbled, over roots
of old oaks that ridged across our rough path:
bright in new leafy growth,
Nature's cynics giggled, girdled, showing their ages
in deep rings and dingy bark.
Then ritual cries of Isis rose up in me
and I boldly wished to kiss you
beside a cold brook
where willow trees stuck long-fingered,
delicately-nailed branches into very springs
of rivers under granite; Oh! how hard the memory lingers
of that freezing, rushing passion
gushing out of dark caves in sheer gray ...

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