National Poetry Month – Day 1

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I am posting this month in honor of National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada.

I am committed to writing a poem a day during April, although I won’t post my efforts online.  Why? Because I hope eventually to have them published elsewhere, and most places these days won’t accept poems previously published, even in a personal blog.

So…   instead I will post one of my old poems each day.  This one appeared in my second book,  Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky :

 

At the Kinzer Mennonite Cemetery

 

At last, I see them.

I see them!

They are holding hands

as they rise from beneath the headstones,

Pillows of their double bed.

 

He speaks:

I stood where you stand,

In 1922, in March,

when the pasture grass greened,

Crying, holding the week old twins,

Calling to the mourners –

Can anyone take these children?

Can anyone take these children?

 

I went home with the other four,

Hanging on each other,

Hanging on me.

How they huddled with me

On the long evenings.

 

Then the fiery truck

Took me from them.

1924, and I’m bedded down

again with my love

here, where the farmland

stretches out around us.

 

We rise to stare at you,

Graying daughter

Of our daughter.

We look across

83 years

At you,

Older than we ever knew.

 

grandparents david and fannie

I am also posting on my regular blog. Please visit it:

https://annesbirdpoems.blogspot.com/

 

 

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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