Gail Marshall writes poetry in St. Louis, Missouri. A member of the St. Louis Poetry Society and “The Looslies,” a women’s poetry collaborative, she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College, where she studied with Joseph Clancy, translator of Horace’s odes and epodes. She was awarded a Ph.D. from Washington University in 1981.
is not heaving
blocks of words from place to place
the way a workman shoves slabs of concrete
from here to there
to build a wall.
Instead it is a gentle
one word at a time,
a hummingbird wing.