Two poems by Gail Goepfert

Two poems by Gail Goepfert
(Image credit: Gail Goepfert)

Two Poems 


Gail Goepfert 

Stilling the Day


Trills and twitters

of early morning

wakes me,

nearly lulls me

back to sleep

and then comes

a rest

on the music’s page

for a measure or two.

The silence stirs

my listening

as I wait

with the birds

for the day to move on.

And I dream of

pausing lyrics

that weary

trouble, dismay

for but a measure or two


a fleeting hush

a moment’s stay.









oiled with the musk

of uncertainty

the massive oak door

swung aside


you waited


long had I thirsted

to unfold

beside you


untethered       unwatched

flesh upon flesh

essence spooned into


molten rock

seeking shape

substance on reclaimed geography

a surrender

to the  forbidden


you welcomed me

no longer flesh

skeletal            you beckoned


nothing but bone

to embrace       my flesh

I knew you even so



A little more about Gail Goepfert… 

Gail Goepfert is a Midwest teacher, poet, and nature photographer. Currently, she is an associate editor for RHINO. She has been published in a number of anthologies and journals including Ardor Literary Journal, Avocet, Examined Life Journal, Off Channel, After Hours, Caesura, Florida English, and online at Bolts of Silk, Quill and Parchment, Voices on the Wind, where she was a featured poet. One of her poems rode the PACE bus in Highland Park’s Poetry That Moves contest. She was a runner-up in the Contemporary American Poetry Prize sponsored by C.J. Laity on






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