Elizabeth Spencer Spragins


white marble shimmers

under glare of summer sun

where one man lingers

fingers stiff with years of cold

draw warmth from words etched in stone


~Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.





a stray dog wanders

through the cemetery gate—

I do not follow

straight paths lined with captive grass

combed clean of dandelions


~Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, North Carolina

Elizabeth Spencer Spragins is a linguist and editor who taught in North Carolina community colleges for more than a decade.  Her Celtic bardic verse has been published by The LyricThe Quarterday Review, and the Society of Classical Poets Journal.  Her short verse and tanka have appeared in The Bamboo Hut, Skylark, Atlas Poetica, and Peacock Journal.  Publication of tanka in the anthologies Neon Graffiti and Skylark: Earth Anthology is pending.

An avid swimmer and an enthusiastic fiber artist, she currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband and a rescued cat.

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