Tracey Gratch

Sighting at Milton Hospital

On a third-floor window, stained with condensation,
some true believers see the Blessed Mother.
Praying nightly, beads to bring salvation,
they raise a plastic-flowered shrine, while others

travel distances to view the spectacle,
unveiled after five, not to interfere
with daily hospital business. A miracle,
some say, though the Church has not made clear,

or denied. In the parking lot one evening,
a young Fall River woman shows a photo:
It's Christ's Mother, in her home's wood paneling,
then starts her car and leaves the road show.

Ten years, this argon-Mary son survives;
today, few gather faithfully at five.

Milton, Massachusetts

Above the Tree Line

I'd noticed first a bent flag tree,
gnarled spruce and fir, a twisted wood.
Then krummholz, still--soon nothing stood
between an ice-blue sky and me.

The only sound's each shallow breath
and scrape of frost beneath my feet.
The summit, in its grand conceit,
exposed at once a cold white-death.

Windward, trees lean bare and stark,
their lifeless limbs set them apart.
Through this half-life I would depart,
as sun fell to a yellow arc.

Soon I began the slow descent--
then unaware of what it meant.


Tracey Gratch lives in Quincy, Massachusetts, with her husband and their four young children. Her poems have appeared in online and print publications, including Mezzo Cammin, Soundzine, Snakeskin, The Poetry Porch Sonnet Scroll, Lucid Rhythms, Loch Raven Review, The Flea, Annals of Internal Medicine, Boston Literary Magazine, Victorian Violet Press Journal, The New Verse News and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She also has a poem in a recent anthology of Science Poetry. Earlier work in Mezzo Cammin: 2012.1.


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