MODIFIED GOLDEN SHOVEL POETRY
After I paid the bills
my account went defunct,
the opportunity mine now to
escape from my ranch named M’laise,
on Silver, my penned up, pent-up stallion
who tossed off every would-be rider but me, that
cruel summer, and led me to Jesus,
Miss Jeesis, a wise filly bronco who answered to no man,
her persistent whispers a presence
within me, calling forth my memory of a boy,
my brother not yet born, on the day of his death.
after [Buffalo Bill’s] by e.e. cummings
Elaine Schear has studied poetry and taught writing improvement for a couple of decades. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Poetry East, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Banyan Review, The Boston Globe, and other literary and education research journals. A founding member of the Boston-based Z Street Writers, who published their first anthology last year, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She recently started a college scholarship fund for first-generation public high school seniors who show promise as writers. She can be reached at email@example.com.