Earth Falls Away

The Reader
by Janet Lewis

reading by Carole Heine

reading by Catherine Hinton

Sun creeps under the eaves,

And shines on the bare floor

While he forgets the earth.

Cool ashes on the hearth,

And all so still save for

The soft turning of leaves.

A creature fresh from birth

Clings to the screen door,

Heaving damp heavy wings.

Earth Falls Away
oil on canvas
81 x 12”

Janet Lewis. Poems Old and New 1918-1978. Swallow Press, Ohio University Press, Chicago, IL, 1982, p.23