thinks about the season:
budding of ferns, the listless
way she woke that morning
he stumbled elegantly against
her hips and made a home there.
But mostly, she thinks of the twisting
from the woman she was
to the one now:
a woman who knows
the sultry green life of Spring.
Valerie Westmark finds joy in chai tea lattes, candles, worn book pages, hot baths and relationships. She fell in love with poetry in 7th grade and has been getting to know it better ever since. She graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor's in English and a concentration in creative writing. She has been published in Samford University’s Sojourn and Wide Angle, the Wilderness House Literary Review, The Southern Voice, The Wayfarer and Sleet Magazine. She also was awarded the Top Literary Rating for the Fall 2010 issue of Sojourn. She currently resides in Pensacola, FL, where the beaches are white, the days are long and the people are kind.