Susan C. Waters


Beads of rain
to slender, dark branches

In the calm they
reflect the
white, tinted gray, of
the sky

they are like so many
days in the onrush of time

they resist
& become
                         —in the waning
                          hours of this day—

droplets of life
threaded together
by the last light of this day.


Susan C. Waters is a graduate of the writing program at George Mason University.  Currently, she is Professor of English at New Mexico Junior College. She teaches composition and literature survey courses.  Additionally, she teaches world literature. Susan started out as a journalist covering hard news in upstate New York and for 13 years was a magazine editor and writer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.  Her publishing credits are extensive, ranging from the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the U.S. House of Representatives.  Susan has won six prizes in poetry, including the Mary Roberts Reinhart Prize, George Mason University.  She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry.