I pick up all the pieces and make an island/ Might even raise a little sand. - Jimi Hendrix, “Voodoo Child”
In the grove, there were three birds like a choir.
In the alley, cat after cat like drunks from the bar.
In the dream, the guitarist’s solo face in a mural.
Gather all the pieces into your favorite bag.
Gather the neglected granules and seek out birds.
In the birds, a choir of murals and sand.
In the bar, the guitarist dreams about the valley.
In the sand, carve the name of the woman you love.
Lee Herrick is the author of two books, Gardening Secrets of the Dead (WordTech Editions , 2012) and This Many Miles from Desire (WordTech Editions, 2007). His poems have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Review, ZYZZYVA, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, 2nd edition, and Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, among others. Born in Daejeon, South and adopted at ten months old, he lives in Fresno, California and teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.