I swear I can feel the grass

extend myself out, reach to touch

pet and adore, show my affection.


Light makes me marvel

all those photons busy working;

a free painting every second.


If my hope were tangible

I could easily say

it lives in times of quiet

blessed by a hummingbird

beating its wings.



Penney Knightly

Penney Knightly is a survivor of sexual abuse; themes about that are often found in her work. Her poetry has appeared in Broad Magazine, Big River Review, Dead King, Ink in Thirds, and elsewhere. She lives with her family on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay, where she writes and makes art. She tweets @penneyknightly and shares on her blog http://penneyknightly.com.


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