Jennifer Novotney


The Morning My Fever Broke

Sunlight glistens through the open curtains
the whoosh of the wind through the still trees
clarity for the first time in days
I am welcomed back to the world
one breath at a time.

Particles of dust float through the air
sail on the magical sunbeam
twinkling glitter highlighted in the rays of light
settling on every surface of the room
coating it with a fantastical touch.

Like lightning come and gone
in a brilliant flash across the blue sky
the sun after the rain the ground wet
with remains of the pummeling storm
the birds chirping the sky clear.

Impermanent as spring flowers or winter snow
the soft travel of the butterflies’ migration
returning only when the frost has left the earth
their deep hued wings delicate as time
fleeting as this moment itself.




Jennifer Novotney’s poetry has appeared in Buddhist Poetry Review, Amethyst Review, and The Vignette Review, the latter for which she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2014, she won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Winter in the Soul. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania where she teaches English and creative writing.