Amethyst Echo

Sheila Vosen-Shorten

Mother's china cabinet
purple sun
in glass
bottles collected
from depression dumps
years of lavender
distilling memories
like apothecary wine;

We rummage together
and once again
you've shown us
how to bleed a turnip,
that you can get something
from nothing--
the lilac hint of possibility
in our clear and simple lives.


Author Bio

A native Montanan whose ancestors homesteaded on the Hi-Line, Sheila Vosen-Shorten is rooted to the land, culture and spiritual qualities of rural Montana and her people. She has lived in Bozeman, Mt. since 1992, with her husband Perry, where they built mandolins and sculpt pottery.

In September of 1998 she won the Mother Lode Golden Nugget Award for poetry. She is a member of Treasure State Writers and her work has been published in the TSW Inkslinger. Sheila enjoys reading her poetry at the Cowboy Poetry Gatherings in Lewistown, Mt. and has shared her poetry-slide presentation, called "Sacred Places," at various locations in Bozeman and Sheridan, Mt. She loves the process of writing and is currently working on short stories based on life in Northeastern Montana.



"Amethyst Echo" Copyright © 1999 Sheila Vosen-Shorten. All rights reserved. Published by permission of the author.
This page last updated 1-24-99.

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