Lilacs By Wendy Gist

for Phyllis
(An Acrostic)
Luminous blossoms flash periwinkle petals and
Incite a heavy-sweet odor in the high plain neighborhood. 
Late Spring, raising character, made to fill a vase heady
After snow-covered prairies come vivid buds, after
Cold wintry hours of northern winds, lilacs vivify
Spring pastel, flowering for the revival of all.

Wendy Gist was raised in the forest of the Southwest on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Arizona. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in For Women Who Roar, Fourth River, Galway Review, Grey Sparrow Review, New Plains Review, Oyez Review, Rio Grande Review, Soundings Review, St. Austin Review, Sundog Lit and other fine journals. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the chapbook Moods of the Dream Fog (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Gist was named semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions, 2017. 

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