Reading Dickinson

Written By: Jeanne Marie Beaumont

A Safe enticed ― what could it hold ―
My fingers played the sequenced Lock.
I dialed slowly ― to and fro
And listened close for picker’s luck.

My ear pressed nearer ― had it heard
A Tumbler shifting ― in a Word?
By increments ― the Safe was probed
Until ― Cracked ― it spilt its Gold ―

Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Jeanne Marie Beaumont has published three books of poetry, including most recently, Burning of the Three Fires.

Her fourth book, Letters from Limbo is forthcoming in fall of 2016. She has been on the poetry faculty at Stonecoast since 2007.