Terry Jude Miller


I am new moon new
waiting to wax into existence

to become the burgled flare
of sun—the innocent thief

the journey to light
is through its dying

to start—blank slate—
to know nothing

an emptiness to be filled
and the contents stirred

with sparks cast by stars
and sun and darkness thrown

like wedding rice
from hidden holes

what will grow there
in that fertile field

where moonlight will sing
to the infant grain and weeds

Terry Jude Miller is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from Houston. He received the 2018 Catherine Case Lubbe Manuscript Prize for his book, The Drawn Cat’s Dream. His work has been published in the Southern Poetry Anthology, The Lily Poetry Review, The Comstock Review and in scores of other publications. He serves as 1st Vice Chancellor for the National Federation of States Poetry Societies.


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