The Poetry Corner

May 13, 2020


We asked the poets who have been part of the Growing Center's Poetry in the Garden reading series for poems, either their own or by others, to help get us through these uncertain times. Here are a few:

Susan Donnolly offered one of her own poems:

"A Morning Moon"

is memory, or doubt
something leftover
in the heart, regret

perhaps, or a thought
lingering like dust on
a half-erased blackboard

a reminder of sorrow
even for one
who hours earlier

had watched from an
east-facing window
as day stretched and woke

who as usual whispered
"rosy-fingered dawn"
just to please herself.

Allison Adair suggested Wendell Berry's "The Peace of Wild Things." This link includes audio of him reading it.


Somerville Poet Laureate Lloyd Schwartz recommended "Autumn" by John Keats, a lovely tribute to nature, though a different season. Available here from the Poetry​ ​Foundation. (This website is a wonderful compendium of poems, some with audio, that can be searched by poet or theme.)


And, Jennifer Barber sent this:

"Rainbow Lake"

You walked on ahead.
I wanted to go back.
One other car in the lot;

a man got in and drove it away.
A bank of mist
slid past the mountain.

Thunder against
the Divide;
thunder and blue lightning.

The ancient Hebrew
god leapt to mind,
intimate, everywhere.

And Elijah on the slope
after the fire,
after the shattering.



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