Where Green Lives

Cristina M.R. Norcross

This is where green lives –
the green of snapping turtle shells
and floating algae that does not move.

This is where green lives –
long blades of grass circling the pond –
hiding this secret water from the mortal world.

This is where green lives –
soft, petal-like leaves –
little floating islands
on their backs.
Transfixed –
they gaze at willow tree fronds –
long fingers caressing
the heads of seekers.

This is where majesty lives –
towering trees standing guard,
until a lone willow falls
and becomes one with the
silent, green circle.

Cristina M. R. Norcross is the author of Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art (2007), The Red Drum (2008, 2013), Unsung Love Songs (2010), The Lava Storyteller (2013) and Living Nature's Moments: A Conversation Between Poetry and Photography, with Patricia Bashford (2014). Her works appear in North American/international journals and anthologies. She was the co-editor for the project One Vision: A Fusion of Art & Poetry in Lake Country (2009-11) and is currently one of the co-organizers of Random Acts of Poetry & Art Day. Cristina is the founding editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review. In her spare time, she makes guitar pick earrings out of recycled gift cards while drinking Green Machine. Find out more: www.FirkinFiction.com.