Celebrate National Poetry Month with us and enjoy a Poetry Per Diem each day for the month of April!
Today’s poem is from Maxine Kumin’s book of poems titled Still to Mow.
Six Weeks After
two roistering dogs splayed me flat
on frozen turf shattering six ribs
consigning me to gray walls, bleak thoughts
I’m up and about hitching from place to place
and I see the common coarse-grained stones
have not given up their good seats in the wall
though the deckle-edged daffodils came and went
while I monitored my rented bed up and down
and I see the greening margin along the road
is shaggy and unshorn and the goldfinches
have exchanged their winter costumes
for strobic lozenges of yellow that brighten
the window feeder and an indigo
bunting has brought his electric blue
to my sphere so that each time the rosebreasted grosbeak alights for a sunflower chip
I am stunned into wholeness, healed
by a wheel of primary colors.
This book can be found in the Island Free Library collection, upstairs under call number 811.54 KUM.
Stay tuned for another poem tomorrow!