Day Longs for Night


Annette Marie Hyder


The night
lets down her long dark gypsy hair
spins on her bare feet,
to stomp her passion
for moths, black blooms,
bats and all things witchy.

The moonlight,
her Mona Lisa smile,
mysterious and subtle, suffuses her
wild beauty
with a gentleness so fragile
it can be broken by
the ephemera of clouds.

Pieces of her hair
catch in the swaying trees
to curl and dry by morning's light
into Spanish moss
as if the trees
could not bear
to let her go.

And she had no princess slipper
to leave upon the lawn
but she left dewdrops
crystal beads of perspiration
for day to come upon.

Day spends his time plotting
ways to find her in his arms -
the sunset a prayer, a beacon,
a campfire, for her wandering to find.




Author Bio

Annette makes her home in "Youbetchaitscoldhere", Minnesota. Being from Florida originally, she will never accept that Minnesota winters are not cruel and unusual. She is of French and Irish descent -- and she thinks that it shows.

Her day job occupies her with editorial work and writing; her magazine articles appear in magazines and newspapers throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to magazine articles, she writes interviews and reviews, essays, short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

She has guest edited for Samsara Quarterly and is Contributing Editor/Reviews for Poems Niederngasse. She is currently working on her latest book of poetry, The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow and Other Stories, a follow up collection to Dancing With the Minotaur.

Meanwhile, her four part poem, "Odin's Debt: What Price Knowledge: A Retelling of the Norse Myth", is in the print anthology of literary fantasy, Envelopes of Time. She has been invited to contribute to the forthcoming speculative fiction anthology, Nemeton II, a follow up to Nemeton that is to be released in the Spring of 2002 by Silver Lake Publishing. And, she has work forthcoming in the print anthology due out in December of this year, from Clean Sheets.

She has been asked, and agreed, to allow her work to be translated into Italian and into German for use in foreign language literary publications.

A small sample of poetry publishing credits includes:
Steel Point Quarterly
Conspire (archived prose and poetry)
Samsara Quarterly (archived)
Blue Fifth Review
Prairie Poetry (archived)
The Pedestal Magazine
Thunder Sandwich
Eclectica Magazine (archived: Vol. 5, No. 1, Vol. 4 No. 1, and Vol. 3, No 3)
Maelstrom (forthcoming)

Selections of her poetry can also be read on coffee labels through a licensing agreement she has come to with Story House Coffees. One of the licensing agreement "perks" includes a free can of coffee featuring the author's work. Annette quite enjoys the thought of getting "beans" for her "two cents".

Annette sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes graffiti on a wall. She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words. Diamonds, however, are always acceptable.

More poetry, prose and magazine articles are forthcoming from this busy writer. A sample of recent Bridal, Parenting and Women's Publications credits can be obtained upon request:

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"Day Longs for Night" Copyright © 2001 Annette Marie Hyder. All rights reserved.
Published by permission of the author.


This page last updated 10-24-01.

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