Fall 1985 • Vol. VII No. 4 Five PoemsOctober 1, 1985 |

One Day a Woman

One day a woman picking peaches in Georgia lost her hold on the earth and began to rise. She grabbed limbs but leaves stripped off in her hands. Some children saw her before she disappeared into the white cloud, her limbs thrashing. The children were disbelieved. The disappearance was filed away with those of other women who fell into bad hands and were soon forgotten. Six months later a half-naked man in Kansas working on the roof of the Methodist Church was seen by half a dozen well-known and highly respected citizens to move directly upward, his tar brush waving, until he shrank away to a point and vanished. Nobody who knew about the first event knew of the second, so no connection was made. The tar brush fell to earth somewhere in Missouri unnoticed among a herd of Guernsey cows.

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Miller Williams was author, editor, or translator of twenty-eight books, including twelve volumes of poetry. He was widely recognized with national and international awards and with two honorary degrees and was inaugural poet for the second inauguration of President Clinton. Recent books of poetry include Living on the Surface: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press), Adjusting to the Light (University of Missouri Press), and Points of Departure and The Ways We Touch (both from University of Illinois Press).

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