September 02, 2007

IF THE POEM IS BROKEN,
HOW CAN THE SUNFLOWERS BREATHE?

They canít. The desert sunflower,
the slender sunflower,
Nutallís sunflower,
the Kansas sunflower
and the California sunflower
will all hang their heads.
Stomata will close
on diamond-shaped,
lancelike, and oval leaves.
You must help me keep
the poem intact
to let the sunflowers breathe.

—Lucille Lang Day
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from the chapbook The Book of Answers, Finishing Line Press (2006)

Posted by dwaber at 01:33 PM

September 01, 2007

IN THE FIELD OF THE POEM,
WHEN WILL THE STAR TULIPS OPEN?

When the evening grosbeak emerges,
bright yellow, from a stand of pines
to fly across an open field
in the third line of the poem,
star tulips will appear
in a wet depression by the path.

Fan-shaped petals will open pink,
revealing an oblong gland
with a fringe of golden hairs.
The grosbeak will chirp loudly,
breaking the poemís silence,
and you, my love, will take my hand.

—Lucille Lang Day
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from the chapbook The Book of Answers, Finishing Line Press (2006)

Posted by dwaber at 02:27 PM