L. Ward Abel

L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher, retired lawyer, lives in rural Georgia, has been published hundreds of times in print and online, and is the author of Peach Box and Verge (Little Poem Press, 2003), Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006), The Heat of Blooming (Pudding House Press, 2008), Torn Sky Bleeding Blue (erbacce-Press, 2010),American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012), Cousins Over Colder Fields (Finishing Line Press, 2013), Roseorange (Flutter Press, 2013), and the forthcoming Little Town gods (Folded Word Press, 2016).

American Bruise


Again the broken tree

but this one pulled up roots

and dirt and bowed over

this way blown

from the west gulf-sweet

gum balls litter parking lots

where cotton once grew and

the result is penance

in a decline when even the good

go down. 


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