Notes on Creating a Wellspring

Sylvia Riojas Vaughn

 

Fathom a retreat,

a possible Utopia.

Why not embrace it once?

Raise the first stanchion

of a simple frame shelter.

Far from city clamor,

near shade trees rustling

with squirrels, singing birds,

with wood, nails, shingles,

weave a common nest,

a place to join in harmony, trust.

Imagine smiling, listening

to a chorus of voices

round a table.

Thankful, clasp hands,

receive a bountiful platter

of fruits and warm bread,

a scoop of lentils with rice.

The wine will entice luster

from the most careworn cheek.

Serve coffee

on the patio facing west,

ponder tender deeds

for all living

in the wounded world.

 

 


Sylvia Riojas Vaughn of Collin County, Texas, worked as a journalist and a certified ESL teacher after graduating from Southern Methodist University.  A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee, she has been selected three times as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet, and was named a Waco Wordfest  Distinguished Writer in 2017.  She learned craftsmanship with the Dallas Poets Community.