I step out of my writing cave
into a day of misty rain, blinking.
A squirrel is digging
a hole in the dark soil.
He turns his shoulder.
A woodpecker tap-tap-taps,
his woodland beat.
The rain falls too lightly to hear,
but it clings in a veil of diamonds
to my silvering hair,
the evergreens and the columbine.
My tongue tastes every rain
that ever fell, that washed
dinosaurs, carved canyons,
gleamed in glaciers
for a million years.
The water blesses me, gentle as
starlight I cannot see.
Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: Happy National Poetry Month! Poets are celebrating all over the blogosphere. Jama is providing a round up of planned festivities. Check it out, you’ll be inspired! I’m participating in the Progressive Poem on April 15. Here are the links to each line:
(Sneak peek, first line by Heidi: I’m fidget, friction, ragged edges–)
1 Heidi at my juicy little universe
2 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
5 Diane at Random Noodling
6 Kat at Kat’s Whiskers
7 Irene at Live Your Poem
8 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
9 Linda at TeacherDance
10 Penny at a penny and her jots
11 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
12 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
13 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
14 Jan at Bookseedstudio
15 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales
16 Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy
17 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
19 Pat at Writer on a Horse
20 BJ at Blue Window
21 Donna at Mainely Write
22 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
23 Ruth at There is no such thing as a godforsaken town
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
28 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
29 Charles at Poetry Time
30 Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids
I’m also making progress on my new YA novel. So much fun! Have a magical weekend!