"dazzle gradually"

"Dazzle Gradually" 2016 poems, paintings, new art & photography--a diary, a discipline, a delight. Read over my shoulder as I post my unedited poetry ---you can see it in the raw.

Polly Alice

Friday, May 20, 2011

Donne with Work

My work is hilltop of tall Autumn grass
where I planted an orchard,
a patch of brown straw sticking up where
I expected to pull pits out of peaches,
ripe heads of weeds swaying where
I intended to preserve endless summer.
My tears are the rain on the grass where
I planned to taste sweetness.

I will harvest the grass worth nothing to anyone,
and with the damp reeds and wet strands, I
will weave one basket-- then another.

My work is a bare hilltop
where I will plant an orchard,
a patch of earth where
I will tend new trees,
ripe peaches hanging where
I pruned small branches.
My laughter is the rain on the orchard where
I climb my ladder to the top of each tree.

I will harvest the fruit worth something to everyone,
I will carefully pluck each one, I will set it it in this basket.
I will fill one --then another.

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