Wynne Huddleston’s poetry has been or will be published in the Birmingham Arts Journal, Pond Ripples Magazine, Raven Chronicles, Grandmother Earth XVII, Waterways, The Stray Branch, Poets for Living Waters, From the Porch Swing, Victorian Violet Press, THEMA, Camroc Press Review, Gemini Magazine, Emerald Tales, joyful!, Enchanted Conversation, The Shine Journal, and New Fairy Tales Anthology.
Ms. Huddleston is the 1st Place Winner in the Environmental Division of the 2010 Grandmother Earth National Contest. Her website is http://wynnehuddleston.wordpress.com/.
Seeding False Hope
You inject me with hope
as false as the seeding of clouds.
Chemicals are shot inside, their poison
spreads, pervades the atmosphere
until a man-made rain invades
the beautiful, clear, blue weather
in God’s previously balanced universe,
now teetering on the edge.
My words walk across the clean,
white page like footprints on a fresh
coat of snow. A redbird sits on a gray
branch of a leafless oak like a drop
of blood. Barefoot truth is cold-cocked,
numbed by the beauty. The snowflakes
whisper, "shhh they're sleeping,"
as they fall over the buried
tulips and hyacinths. The heat
of my steps leaves dark holes
in the snow's uniform
cover; the muddy water underneath
seeps out and destroys
the once undisturbed cloak
of white purity. But there, in the thick
of the woods, the hungry
old buck still ruts his antlers
against a tree.