“Sophie” © Digby Beaumont


For Sophie

A plaintive call to me
the owl shrieks from a belltower
left standing after the bombings
nearly a century—
Or maybe it’s just sorrow
upon awakening
missing wet pavements
the gray skies—
Heat here
this country’s a walled-in hell
choking from traffic fumes—
Outstretched our hands meet
clutching through time’s
whirl and the century lost.


Susan Isla Tepper is the author of twelve published books of fiction and poetry. Currently she’s in the production stage of two off-Broadway plays.

Digby Beaumont is a professional artist whose work has appeared in many online journals. He is also a published book writer.