An Adirondack Prayer
(Three Months After Her Death)

Yesterday slipped away,

          steel grey,

 

but today I woke

          to the laughter of loons.

 

May their crazy cries carry me

          through the mist of mourning.

 

May I find that clearing

          where the river slows and shallows,

 

changing from black satin

          to transparent gold.

 

There, I shall wade into its water

          to be blessed.

 

— Lynne Santy Tanner


Lynne Santy Tanner was born in New York City in 1940. She has served as choreographer for the Rutherford County Arts Council since 1970. Finishing Line Press published her chapbooks, Where There Is No Night in 2004 and Carilee’s House in 2006, and The Brown Thrasher in 2013. Lynne writes, paints, and dances in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Michael Tanner.

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