photo by mauricio alejandro ramos
Beverly M. Collins, is the author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary Thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. She is one of three prize winners for the California State Poetry Society 2012 yearly competition. Her work has appeared in Poetry Speaks! Year of Great Poems and Poets (Calendar), California Quarterly, Journal of Modern Poetry, Altadena Poetry Review, Bits and Pieces Magazine and many other publications. In 2015, Beverly M. was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Independent American Poetry for her work that appears in Rubicon: Words & Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. Collins was born in Delaware and grew up in New Jersey.
Did the apple alter its texture so I would
choose it from a bushel?
Did the fruit pick me to consume it
by making itself shiny-attractive?
On this walking trail, did the path
attract my feet to stroll its colored
stones, rustle of leaves and salty winds?
While shopping I wonder-did the dress
select me? Did the fabric want to hug my
body and colors long to hang soft around
Did this spot of land attract the watchful
stucco structure that was built upon it?
Then the building attract the business,
then a seat to this corner and me; Jasmine
tea to this cup and chopsticks to scoop in
this bowl of rice?
Beverly M. Collins