Janice Canerdy


The Singing Tree Climber

As one by the outdoors beguiled,
I loved climbing trees as a child.
I’d perch way up high,
sing loudly and try
to outdo the birds. I was wild!

No longer from high in the trees
do notes from me float on the breeze.
I’m no longer small
and agile. I’d fall!
I climb to my choir seat with ease.

Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. Her poems and prose have appeared in publications including Light, Wild Violet, The Road Not Taken, Lyric, Parody, Bitterroot, Cyclamens and Swords, Society of Classical Poets Journal, Westward Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Better Than Starbucks, Indiana Voice Journal, Saturday Evening Post and Southern Tablet; and several anthologies. Her first book is Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishing, 2016).