Neon in a Jar
by Susan Elbe
based on Underwater C-Scape (Anemone), 2006, Pae White
Electro-luminescent wire in a plastic container
Buzzing at the glass, honey
with the sting still in,
a river’s strong green, fire
following a tree-line,
blue prairie wind whistling through.
Kneeling inside, helpless
in the hands of good-time gods,
held rapt by this weather, we are lit
with lightning and no rain,
our eyes, the stubs of burnt-out stars,
no escape from our reflections.
Susan Elbe (website) is the author of Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Press) and a chapbook, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including Blackbird, diode, MARGIE, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Salt Hill, and A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women’s Poetry (Calyx Books). She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.