Mar17

Valerie Szarek Featured Poet

The Next Art Gallery, Littleton, Colorado

Presenting Valerie A Szarek as Featured poet. There will also be a featured musician and an open mike.

  • This Winter’s Day
  • For Mary Oliver
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  • A full quorum
  • of snow covers my backyard 
  • in the color it should be
  • in January
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  • Reclaiming the brown
  • winter-dormant grass
  • that ekes a drone of 
  • longing into the back of my mind
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  • I write this tribute poem
  • for Mary Oliver
  • on the day after her passing
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  • and it seems 
  • it should be snowing, 
  • the sun bowing homage
  • while it reads her poems
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  • Allowing her to be
  • the one to shine today
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  • Mary, of course, 
  • would give the clouds
  • center stage
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  • to slow us into
  • a deeper rhythm
  • for this one day,
  • this one wild and precious day
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  • in this one wild
  • and precious life
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  • She would take time
  • to count crows
  • and weave ibis wings
  • upon her tongue
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  • Seeking prayers
  • in a blade of grass
  • beneath a broken bottle
  • in an abandoned city lot
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  • her knees knowing the soil,
  • and the winds, her voice
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  • and for so many of us,
  • her precious words
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  • Wild and free
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  • Valerie A Szarek
  • January 18, 2019
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