Taunja Thomson — “New World”

This jungle sizzles with humidity.
In the distance sky is a sheet
of wavering cloud.
Surrounding trees shiver
like old shawls.
Moss drapes the dead ones
jagged as a crone’s
cursing fingers.
Roots bind all
slithering thickly
through grass and fern.
Somewhere amid tree and root
an orchid grows
flushed with whatever light
creeps through—
it deepens to magenta
its leaves broad
and the petals not yet in bloom
push their casings
into guitar shape
ready to vibrate their own strings
to release notes
and stipple mountains    moss    sky
with hummingbird nests
that bloom into ruby neck
sharp tail     wing sheen.


Taunja Thomson’s work has most recently appeared in These Fragile Lilacs and Alcyone. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Awards: “Seahorse and Moon” in 2005, “I Walked Out in January” in 2016, and “Strum and Lull” in 2018. She has co-authored Frame and Mount the Sky, a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry (2017); her chapbook Strum and Lull placed in Golden Walkman’s 2017 chapbook competition; and her chapbook The Profusion is due out in January of 2019. She has a writer’s page at https://www.facebook.com/TaunjaThomsonWriter/.