M. Shayne Bell
The Round Hours of the Day
Like furrows plowed around a hill—
the cat's hair, combed around her shoulders
and stones, raked in Zen swirls;
the sea at rise of tide swelling
into his steps and my steps;
the round, full shape of the Moon,
and the round, full shape of joyful eyes—
the round hours of the day,
come full at midnight;
and the round hours of a new day,
full again at first light.
M. Shayne Bell received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991). His poem, "One Hundred Years of Russian Revolution", was a finalist for the Rhysling Award (1989). His poetry has been published in The Fib Review, The Ghazal Page, Dialogue, Sunstone, Amazing Stories, Asimov's, etc. Bell also publishes science fiction, and has been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards. He received a first place Writers of the Future award (1990).