Sundown #2

Writer and Artist

Jean McDonough is a writer and artist living in Woodstock, Illinois. She creates single-edition monoprints and also writes poetry. Currently she is working on a collection of creative nonfiction inspired by a trip to Spain and her lifelong love for Pablo Picasso's Guernica.

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Love at the Border

Your hand on my arm

is a moon over a field 

of wasted wheat:

I will rise from this death.


Ghost passing through walls

and wind through the year, 

eye to eye you are mine,

a Pentecost blast.


Blood I am and cannot master,

office of skin and pity.

Without you I am 

nothing but blood delta,

a manifest of holy 

ghost and pine whisper.


Hold my vast ocean,

hand cupped to my ear.

There wave meets sand.

Day begins and ends.


I mark midnight mourning 

you my lost love,

coast to country cost

this last day into deep 

marine night, a turning tide 

of birth and death.

Our moment becomes 

the past.


Eye to eye we are one.

I war at our border.

Woodstock, Illinois, USA  / info@jeanmcdonough.com


© 2022 by Jean McDonough