Mushrooms in moss.
A bifurcated twig combs
the leaves, swirls
a sweet wind of green
cloud. I am dazzled by the sound
of violets that undoes
the old oak’s clenched teeth,
winds and unwinds
the rosary of mosquitoes.
Who’s playing Machaut?
Dragonflies break into the hélas
of ballerinas. Nightfall.
Deep violas tie me to the space beyond.


Gerburg Garmann, a native of Germany, is a professor of German and French at the University of Indianapolis. Her scholarly publications have appeared in both German and French in international journals, and her poems have been featured in various magazines and anthologies around the world, including The Adirondack Review, Dichtungsring, gangway, Die Gazette, Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, In Posse Review, In ein anderes Blau, and Lyrikwelt. A strong believer in interdisciplinary artistic endeavors, she is also a painter concentrating on Abstract Expressionism. Gerburg Garmann has had solo exhibitions, and has participated in national group exhibitions. She also received a commendation from the British art magazine Aesthetica for her poem “Eliza’s Bird.” Her paintings are collected locally and internationally.

I wrote “Evening Hymn” one of these balmy June evenings while listening to Purcell and watching my children catch the last sun rays in our pool near the barn – one of those perfect moments, which come around ever so often when you let your senses take it all in.



Copyright 2009