MADONNA OF ABSENCE
Arlene Weiner

In the central panel
A white bird hovers
You remain invisible

Green plants like donors
Incline on each side
You keep changing madonna

Madonna of flowering tree
Madonna of green leaves
Madonna of snows

A stage without actors
Triptych without tragedy
Without annunciation






Arlene Weiner lives in Pittsburgh, where she is active in several poetry groups. Her poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, and U.S. 1 Worksheets, have been anthologized, and have been heard on The Writer's Almanac. Ragged Sky Press published two collections of her poems, Escape Velocity (2006) and City Bird (2016). Arlene was awarded a residence at the MacDowell Colony. She also writes plays. Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co. produced her play Findings, and Carlow University Theater performed her monologue Clothesline.



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