Jess Levens

Farm Cemetery (Moss)

Headstones rest behind fieldstones;
hand-hewn rows to foot the pines.
Cloven hooves scar the snow
and show the greening calm of life.

Hug me down, O tender moss,
in your sweetly supple trap.
Make of me the stuff of earth.
Make future from my past.

Jess Levens is a poet and photographer who lives with his wife, sons and dogs in New England, where he draws inspiration from the region’s landscapes and history. His poetry has been published in The Dillydoun Review and Prometheus Dreaming. Jess is a Marine Corps veteran and Northeastern University alum. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @levensworks.