Monday, April 20, 2009

It was an incredibly beautiful day, but

Saturday was an incredibly beautiful spring day, but I spent most or much of it indoors. Here, I was working outdoors, moving leaves from the gutter in front of the house to the compost pile in the far back. I wanted to be out in the woods, and I wrote a poem about that:


Fawn lilies, pale in the shadows of trees, open their throats
and call the bees. Bees, drunk with sleep and winter,
stagger from the hive. The hive hums with its own morning.
Spring caresses the forest lightly. If you hurry, you will see nothing
but the dark still-sleeping trunks of trees. But stop. Place your ear
to the trunk and listen. Sap thrums in its veins, singing
to the buds who hum softly as they gather their new leaves
to unfurl. And in a spot of branch-filtered sun, the first
mourning cloak butterfly fans slow wings among the fallen leaves.
You might mistake it for one of them if you didn't pause and look.
But I cannot look. Confined indoors, I miss the birthday
of the forest: the doe, licking her newborn, pressing
with her nose to balance it as it wobbles toward
its first breakfast. Picture me longing, aching; see me imagining
instead of watching, as, stepping among the white lilies
that bear its name, in a moment never to be repeated,
the newborn fawn takes its fleeting first steps.

Mary Stebbins Taitt
for BB

It's National Poetry Month, so I am going to put some poems in my blogs.


Crafty Green Poet said...

this is lovely, particualrly the drunken bees and the newborn fawn

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! Thanks so much, Crafty Green! YAY! That was quick! :-D

coffeypot said...

Very nice, Mary. How's mine?

Spring has sprung
Fall has fell
Winter is here
And it's cold as usual.

Maybe I should publish!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Yr a riot, John! LOL!