George Payne


selected by
the elements

you are my Blue
Mountain jewel 

my eternal recurrence
made of sky

your fingers
slender like virgin pine

your glint
electrical like dewdrops

in the Sun’s reflection
falling asleep in the breeze

your lips
hungry with the fragrance of

daybreak, an empty valley
fractured by the boundaries 

of physics, where you
can hear yourself happening

George Cassidy Payne is interested in the intersection of poetry, social justice, representations of spirituality, and concepts of self. He is a part-time professor of philosophy at the State University of New York (SUNY) and teaches workshops focusing on writing and philosophy. He holds a master’s degree in philosophical theology from Emory University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Barnstorm Journal, Chronogram Magazine, Adelaide, the Adirondack Almanac, Tea House, The Mindful Word, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, the Scarlet Leaf Review, The Writing Disorder, Califragile, Zingara Poetry Review, Deep South Magazine, Allegro Poetry Review, and several others. His debut full-length collection,  A Time Before Teachers, was released in 2019 from Cholla Needles Literary Press.