Lynn Tara Austin

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Lynn Tara Austin needs the stimulus of workshops and writing groups. She belongs to Airing Cupboard Women Poets, Small White Teapot Haiku Group and a critique group. She has lately been submitting more poems to magazines and competitions.

“This poem came from an exercise, using ‘The History of Europe‘ by Bernadette Hall as the starting point.”



darker than the pines
men stepping out
rifles raised

dogs bay into the cold
air not as chilling as the boots
tramping over a continent

that shrinking heart
rhythm she’d heard
in her mother’s womb

now with kindling
carried in her apron
she sinks to her knees

clay stains
the white apron she wears to prepare
meals for her children

First published takahe 87
August 2016