Writing, after heavy spring rain
This poem won Honourable mention in the 2009 2-Day Poem Contest
These are markers on the dial of the seasons:
Armloads of winter wood & hours
beside the kumquat coals
of the parlour stove;
buckets of ash that leach sweetness –
noxious to potato, blueberry & rhododendron –
into this valley, this sink into swamp;
an apple tree pulled by a rose to earth
in a quagmire of leaf-mould, rose wand & re-rooted thorn;
effervescent pink & violet in blackberry, rose, birch & alder;
& the freak of a squirrel in the barn at the dog’s entry.
Stream, chickadee, sparrow & crow improvise a chord –
a gradation of joy in overlapping sound – noted
on the screen that is this cloister’s window.
Published online June 01 2009.
This poem was a winner in CV2’s annual 2-Day Poem Contest. Every April, CV2 challenges players to create a new original poem that uses all 10 words of our choosing. It’s poetry under pressure for prizes, publication, and personal bests. Learn how to sign up for the next 2-Day Poem Contest.