Wood Nymph A wood nymph knocked on my door last night her hair was flaxen gold the ivy trailing through my mind another story told: of winding rivers, banks and willows together we had seen and in her presence wild pheasants like the peacock seemed. The iridescence that she scattered ran around the room like child’s play and laughter till the wee hours vanished in a saffron dawn… but my mind was green as a spring-fed dream, when come morning she was gone. The River A river following forever said to me one day, “Why do you never see me? When will you go away?” To him I dipped my hat and swallowed my offense, “It’s because I run beside you, where the thicket’s dense.” But seeing how I’d caught my breath as well as ‘suaged my thirst he carried on with laughter, his mischief deep as mirth. And as I stood there tongue-tied I glimpsed his tawny hide - t’was gold and silver-chased like sun – I watched the river glide. Carolyn Clark (Ph.D. Classics), was born in Ithaca, NY and periodically lived in Italy, Switzerland and France. She studied poetry with Archie Ammons and earned a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Cornell; at Brown University, Rhode Island, she completed a Master’s degree in Classics; her doctorate is from Johns Hopkins, Tibullus Illustrated: Lares, Genius and Sacred Landscapes (C.C. Breen, Baltimore, UMI 1998). In addition to individual poems published in various journals, there are collections: a recent poetry chapbook, Mnemosyne: the Long Traverse (Finishing Line Press, 2013), a poetry book Amish Mimesis (2015) and ten new poems in a women’s anthology (Golden Hills Press, 2017). After more than fifteen years of instructing Latin and French either as an adjunct or as teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, Dr. Clark now resides in the Finger Lakes region while maintaining her affiliation with The Writer’s Center of Bethesda, leading Mythology for writers workshops (online) and as editor/writing coach.