Art by Griet van der Meulen

Griet van der Meulen, Untitled

Digital Drawing

Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake

Google me this,

you Ozymandian phalluses

rising from Lady Bird’s plantings:


who has done more—your Titans of Tech,

changing history with their (mis)information,

or one cosseted Southern woman,

caught up in the toils of a hardscrabble boy

from the hill country, but nonetheless

relentlessly persistent in her vision?


From a distance, your towers dominate,

but down here, almost in the water,

her little wilderness provides

heron and egret roosts,

turtle nurseries, cover

for a million bats or more

departing, in season,

on their nightly quest for corn moths—


a whole rich and fertile legacy

of urban biome that now,

uniting me with water,

earth, and gentle morning sky,

distinguishes my small vessel

from all the other plastic

floating in the lake.


Passing under the railway bridge,

I take the vibrant advice

of a graffiti artist: “BREATHE,”

remembering those who can’t now.


It is a prayer that the world

will not prove disposable.









Lorna Wood is a violinist and writer in Auburn, Alabama. Her poetry has appeared in Angel Rust (Best of the Net nominee), Coastal ShelfEscape Wheel (great weather for MEDIA), and Poetry South (Pushcart nominee). She has also published fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly essays. Find out more at

Griet van der Meulen was born in 1956 in the province of Mpumalanga, where she has a small gallery in Graskop, mainly to serve as a platform for local artists, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to exhibit their work. She has taken part in many local and overseas exhibitions in Canada and Germany. In 1991 she was awarded the Schweikerdt Prize for excellence in painting. In 2001 the Mpumalanga Government and German Frauen Kunstforum sponsored her for a residency in Dortmund Germany. Griet also lived in Ottawa for four years where she was part of a group of artists called The Women’s Environmental Network. She has taken part in various exhibitions, and her work is on permanent display in the Graskop Gallery.


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