Beside the Stream grasses grow beside the stream with long stems that lean down, touching the surface— the current makes the tips dance, the supple stems waving to and fro, as if a dancer's toe played on the water's rhythm, the seed heads with them bobbing delicately in time, the stems compliant as a line of ballerinas bowing together, grasses like a green feather.
Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college. Over 500 of her poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. She is a Best of the Net and twice a Pushcart nominee. She is interested in the American West and the narratives of people and places around her. She is a retired teacher living in Oregon.