Front Porch Review
Not poppies here but acres of white flags
seize the morning breeze. By a trick
of light a school of menhaden dart
under an ocean of death —
shimmer, scatter on the wind
up the hill, a pod of dolphins flash.
Faceless dead command attention at last
flags hold names, pictures, entire families
a woman wearing angel wings.
Betsy Holleman Burke is passionate about writing poetry and is a member of the Surrey Street Poets in Washington, DC, a wonderfully eclectic group. She published her first chapbook, Searching for Hummingbirds, in 2014, shortly before her marriage to an old friend. Between them they have a delightful extended family. Betsy is a floral designer at both the Washington National Cathedral and Hillwood Museum. Her favorite job was working as a consultant to the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. She is delighted to have her poem published by Front Porch Review.