for Gretchen(An Acrostic)
Prostrate before golden birds whistling among the cattail—
Rookery echoing the dim, dull day as if eavesdropping
Angels are singing away perdition with wing-wind birdsong
Yabber, like bubbling wine in the belly—she awakens to the
Existential miracle evinced in the bright-red death of day promising
Return of luminous moon, full once more forever this night .
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, New Plains Review, Oyez Review, Rio Grande Review, Soundings Review, St. Austin Review, Sundog Lit and other fine journals. Gist has worked as a professional contributing writer for many leading publications including Better Nutrition, Caribbean Travel and Life, eDiets, New Mexico Magazine, Pilates Style, Today’s Diet and Nutrition, and numerous others (national and international). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the chapbook Moods of the Dream Fog (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She was named semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions, 2017. She currently serves as Poetry Editor for the Red Wheelbarrow Review.