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Heart’s Desire

June 18, 2010

by Rosemary Starace


I choose my feathers and stripes,
believe this. I marry nock
unto the bow.
My vow travels

with the avid
shockwave of the pluck;
it leaves a whir of thin air
about the ear.
I love

to load and pull back—
release the grip
of will.
My ache’s
my aim; my arrow
stakes its claim

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Rosemary Starace writes and paints in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. She is co-editor, with Moira Richards and Lesley Wheeler, of Letters to the World, an international poetry anthology representing the Wom-po Listserv (Red Hen Press). She is author of the poetry collection Requitements (Elephant Tree House). Her poems can be seen online at Orion and Umbrella. More writing, art, and book information appear on her website.

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  1. June 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Artemis incarnated–that’s what you’ve done with this poem. No longer an apparition for me, she is what I had always known she must be as she reveals herself with your words:

    ‘I love/to load and pull back–/release the grip/of will..’

    ‘My ache’s/my aim;…’

    Thank you, Rosemary.


    • Rosemary Starace
      June 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you, Alegria. It makes me happy that the poem spoke to you.


  2. JJS
    June 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I love the powerful precision and feeling of this short poem. Alegria’s right: you brought Artemis right forward (and much else, too!). Thanks so much for sending this.

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