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 Lyric, The 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.