by Sandra Bounds
in the Mississippi Delta.
The dazzling whiteness of cotton
fields that stretch beyond sight
in every direction covers
rich ebony soil beds
like king-size counterpanes.
The fiery heat of Summer’s tyrant sun
has tried and refined the cotton,
readied it for harvest.
Haunting beauty of this rural landscape
endears and endures.
A little piece of home.
Sandra Bounds was born in Mississippi and lives in Macon. She has a Master of Arts in English and has taught in both high school and community college. An active member of the Mississippi Poetry Society, she was its 2005 Poet of the Year, and the society published a chapbook of her poetry to honor that selection. She has won many awards in contests sponsored by the society and has been published in such journals as Art Gulf Coast, The Lyric, The Road Not Taken, Sharing, The Well-Tempered Sonnet and Westward Quarterly. Readers may remember her from her poem, “Mississippi Speaks,” published earlier this month.