When the easterly wind
paused in the field
then turned on its heel to head back
there was a point at which
the wheat straightened
perpendicular to the plain at its roots
and was as close to heaven as it would ever be.
About Mary Box Carlsson:Mary Box Carlsson is a visual artist and poet in the San Francisco bay area. Her art work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S including the Laguna Gloria Arts Museum in Austin and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in several books with the writer Lily Hsueh as well as in journals such as the Cimarron Review in the U.S. and Unitas Literary Monthly in Taiwan. She graduated from UCSD in 1981 with a B.A. in mathematics and has lived in Palo Alto, California for the last 20 years with her three sons and husband, Gunnar Carlsson, a math professor at Stanford University.