After August Thunder: Two Poems by Christina M. Rau

By Christina M. Rau


Lake At Tanglewood

Humid after August thunder,
the swans venture into the murk,
slow, no wake in the water, almost
as if the banks pull them,

Beyond the gates and signs:
No Parking No Swimming Don’t Jump
within the buzz of busy building and
eating and breathing and creeping
0526131508and being, warm wind, soft blades,
sunflower asana vibrating in thick air—

Vibration r i p p l e s the surface
Swans pause                Move on



In the dark quiet we love each other
we love so hard as pavement rips through
glass, water through grass.

The meadow. The dusty morning wild flowers.
A slow motion run towards the middle where
blankets lie in wait. A magazine advertisement
under sun.

One girl’s lost charm, her bracelet on her wrist.
A name in the dark of a clock.
Glow. Alarm. Hope.
They used to hold hands.

Christina M. Rau is the author of the poetry chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY, her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and most recently in the journals The Main Street Rag and Parenthetical. In her non-writing life, she practices yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions. Find her links on A Life of We.

gardenCover illustration My Mother’s Garden by Christine Stoddard. Click this thumbnail to see larger version.

Flower photo by David Nilsen.


  1. I like these, for no reason other than the sense of calm they convey. I first read these in the midst of a very hectic, stressful workday, and then again later. Swans moving effortlessly; the dark quiet; hope– a nice way to close out the day.

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