On winter nights on the tallgrass prairie
whenever a new child is born
the wind blows chill
the moon holds water
and the dead rise
composed of memory and smoke
they hover above the yellow plain
You can ask them questions.
What of my beloved?
When will my time come?
and if you are unfortunate
they will answer
They may ask you questions
They rustle through the grass
in search of newborn travelers
and the old who’ve lost their way
they drift to fields, farms, towns
and where you live
perhaps they are with you now
but whether they are there this moment
or the next
what is important is that you understand
William Bernhardt has published several novels, but in recent years he has focused on poetry. He studied at the University of Tulsa and has a Master’s Degree in English literature. His work has been published/is forthcoming in Caveat Lector, Language and Culture, The Journal (UK), New Mirage Journal, and Conclave: A Journal of Character. He lives in Oklahoma with his three children.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, the BBC News website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run. See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.