Friday, July 25, 2008

Three Poems

I love my Poem a Day calendar. Sometimes the poems are not great, but I still get some scrap paper out of the deal. But sometimes they are just marvelous. I've had two great ones, very resonant with my own life, in the last couple of weeks, and thought I'd share them with you.

A Baby Running Barefoot

When the bare feet of the baby beat across the grass
The little white feet nod like white flowers in the wind,
They poise and run like ripples lapping across the water;
And the sight of their white play among the grass
Is like a little robin's song, winsome,
Or as two white butterflies settle in the cup of one flower
For a moment, then away with a flutter of wings.

I long for the baby to wander hither to me
Like a wind-shadow wandering over the water,
So that she can stand on my knee
With her little bare feet in my hands,
Cool like syringa buds,
Firm and silken like pink young peony flowers.
D.H. Lawrence

I have a neighbor

I have a neighbor
who is always deep
in a book or two.

High tides of clutter
rise in her kitchen.

Which last longer, words,
words in her bent head,
or the clean spaces

between one perfect
dusting and the next?

Rosellen Brown

And, here's a link to the poem that A&E chose for me to read at their wedding, a lovely one.
Prayer for a Marriage by Steve Scafidi


mep said...

The words in her bent head, of course.


mep said...

I tagged you for a meme.