The rain fell and a bird fell and the world grew lighter, more resilient. The rain fell and sparrows dropped down from feeder to ground. Yes I indulge them even in summer—the doves heavy with themselves, ground feeders, but one flies up to the perch, attempts to land, gives up and lights back down to pick up seeds that fall. You say a waste, expensive to feed, no need when bugs, berries abound. But my heart needs such inconsequential fluttering. The rain falls and leaves droop with the gathering wash of June becoming more itself deeper and greener and I can’t stop falling into it.
The poem, “June Rain” is included in Raphael Kosek’s chapbook, Harmless Encounters, winner of The Comstock Review 2021 Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest. A review of the book by Ken Holland can be read here on Lightwood under Reviews/Books. Two additional poems by Raphael Kosek are published here in Lightwood: “The Fox,” (Issue #8), and “The Way West” (Issue #1).
Raphael Kosek’s poems and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry East, Catamaran, and many other journals. Her chapbook, Rough Grace, won the 2014 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Prize. She won the 2019 Bacopa Literary Review’s poetry contest and Eastern Iowa Review’s 2016 nonfiction prize. American Mythologywas recently released from Brick Road Poetry Press. She teaches English at Marist College where her students keep her real. She is the 2019-2020 Dutchess County Poet Laureate.