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A Poem by RobertRonnow

Author: RobertRonnow
Created: November 07, 2015 at 10:44 am
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: Free Verse | Educational | General/Other
Upload Stats: 4.5 Stars by 1 users with 1 comments and 166 views

Pokeweed Waits  

Pokeweed waits
underground, snow crusts
small greenish white flowers, leaves entire
and alternate, black berries
poisonous, ripe late.

Waits patiently past February
when the sun stays up in the sky more than January
and six more months after that
past the peepers keeping watch
for every passing dog or truck.

We await our time
or have had it, or are having it.
Body in slow, not precipitous, decline.
Expend ourselves on work and wine.
Percent of budget expended, year to date.

I heard a redwing this morning
who might have been choosing a nest site
holding the spot against chevrons from the south.
Choosing the best site, away from predators, near water,
in sight of seed and buds.

It happens that when the pokeweed fruit pokes out
the chicks were born, the fledglings flown
leaves already leathery
and the weather has the faintest
hint of January's cold snow hold.

Last Modified: November 08, 2015 at 01:31 pm
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November 07, 2015
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A very enjoyable read...
and my pleasure to meet you! First poem of yours I have read and I found it descriptive and interesting. A nice scene described over time and encompassing "us", animals and plants. Something I found different from much of the poetry presented here (no offense intended) but different is often good. There's a need especially on a poetry site for diversity. Personally I just said to my best friend (a teacher and a a writer) yesterday how I like to write about many different topics and keep things changing. So, I like your style, your imagery and your topic. Happy to have you here at WN!


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