Billy’s Cabin & Abundance, Original Versification By Sonja Mabel McClure

 Billy’s Cabin

Perched on balcony

full view of oak

and pine-lined pastures

hummingbirds swoop

under the eaves

seeking nectar

raven and eagle

skim the blue expanse

green bristle treetops

dusk arrives

October full moon

climbs across globe

out of dark silence

bounces eerie echoes

of a howling wolf pack

soon after

sounds the primal

call of one elk

in search of another

all these

are remedies

for a severe case

of city blues


Climbing vines coil

hearty and heat-tolerant

stems stretch outward,

petite yellow flowers

cluster and sprout

oblong pale-green fruits

appear after bloom,

seed infused pouches 

change to light orange,

day by day, sweet

sun-kissed skin

morphs to crimson

plentiful harvest,

handfuls of ripe morsels

add a dash of color and zest

to any plate and palate

Sonja Mabel McClure holds a B.A. in Communication with a focus on news/editorial as well as a minor in English from the University of Utah. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Shift//Motion that encompasses different themes of movement, travel, and nature. Her writings and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Pyre Publishing, Paper and Ink, Touchstones, Catalyst, and elsewhere. She is of Finnish descent and is a member of the Finlandia Foundation. Sonja loves attending poetry readings and was delighted to take part in the Utah Humanities Book Festival last fall. She’s a nature enthusiast, a dog lover, a coffee connoisseur and she possesses a strong sense of wanderlust.

Outside of her love of poetry and literature, Sonja has always had a passion for dancing and music. She started ballet at the age of 6. Over the years, she studied many dance techniques including modern and jazz. She was part of the performing group, Dance Ensemble. Also, she pursued piano and voice lessons. Later, she discovered belly dance, mesmerized by using different props including, fans, veil, basket, finger cymbals and double swords. Sonja enjoys learning various belly dance styles such as: Egyptian and Turkish but she is most fond of Tribal Fusion and ATS, both of which originated in the United States. Connect with Sonja on IG: @sonjasolstice.

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