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Images of Grace

by Sandra Bounds 

He darted into our kitchen
on sturdy,little-boy legs.

Rivulets of sweat
streaked his rosy face.

Hands held behind his back,
he wore a smile that chased
shadows from dull green corners.

“These are for you, Mama.”

His gift,
a bouquet of zinnias
clutched by too short stems,
a rainbow of summer’s quite ordinary flowers.

Gift and giver,
images of grace.

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. Read her former poems published in Deep South here.

  • Sandra H. Bounds / April 18, 2016

    The poems “Just For Now” and “Images of Grace” are about a twin brother and sister who were born on their mother’s birthday. An unexpected blessing!