"A Great Wheel Thunders"

A great wheel thunders

in the attic. Such

a bringing forth of blooms.

Morning crackles new

mourns a reason to even be.

And miles-long sheets

of tin unflag, they rattle

in response to

happening at all.

The procession inside

that living that flash

rolls to somewhere else

and never here long enough

to call it staying.


L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher, retired lawyer, lives in rural Georgia, has been published hundreds of times in print and online, including The ReaderIstanbul ReviewVersalYale Angler’s JournalPudding, Indian Review and others, and is the author of one full collection and nine chapbooks, including Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006), The Heat of Blooming (Pudding House Press, 2008),  American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012),  Little Town gods (Folded Word Press, 2016), A Jerusalem of Ponds (erbacce-Press, 2016), and  Digby Roundabout (Kelsay Books, 2017).

L.Ward Abel