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April Bulmer has published five books of poetry: A Salve For Every Sore (Cormorant Books, 1991), The Weight of Wings (Trout Lily Press, 1997), HIM (Black Moss Press, 1999), Oh My Goddess (Serengeti Press, 2004) and Spring Rain (Serengeti Press, 2005). Her chapbook "Mustard Seeds" is one of Leaf's fall titles.

Monday's Poem

April Bulmer

We are like mustard seeds, which, when sown upon the ground, are the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when they are sown they grow up and become the greatest of all the shrubs, and put forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in their shade.

Women's Auxiliary, St. Bride's, Sheffield


My hand trembles when I fill my cup. But the sweetness of my voice when I raise it up. The taste of lemon tea. But death stutters its syllables. And my heart trips its last step. I sing the songs of clumsy blood and family.


It is morning and you cradle me like a rose. I open to dew and light. My green heart roots and grows in you, love, and in the Lord of Life.

from "Mustard Seeds