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another poem and photograph every weekday. Or so.

(photographs: Tom Davis)


Friday, March 9, 2018

 

leaf

 

 

 

 

leaf



take the leaf of a tree
trace its exact shape
the outside edges
and inner lines
memorize the way it is fastened to the twig
(and how the twig arches from the branch)
how it springs forth in April
how it is panoplied in July
by late August
crumple it in your hand
so that you smell its end-of-summer sadness
chew its woody stem
listen to its autumn rattle
watch it as it atomizes in the November air
then in winter
when there is no leaf left
invent one



Eve Merriam, Reply to the Question: "How can You Become a Poet?"

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

magnolia

 

 

 

 

magnolia

 

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditations
of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight."
Whoever "Thy" is, that's the prayer to breathe,
words that chimed in my head while I stood under
the first magnolia blossom of the year.

 

D.C. Berry, Hamlet off-stage: the magnolia closet

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

robin

 

 

 

 

robin

 

The robin is the one
That interrupts the morn
With hurried, few, express reports
When March is scarcely on.

The robin is the one
That overflows theĀ noon
With her cherubic quantity,
An April but begun.

The robin is the one
That speechless from her nest
Submits that home and certainty
And sanctity are best.

 

Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

 

 


 

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