Lighting Up time Poem List By Dennis O’Driscoll

Lighting Up time Poem List By Dennis O’Driscoll

I
Rites of spring: roll out
your hibernating lawnmower,
dead grass wedged to blades;
line up the cans of paint,
sandpaper, brushes, rags.
II
The cottage garden
in the mauve light
of delphiniums.
Lilies with honeyed tongues.
Bird notes tossed
like blossoms.
A fern stretching
its wings.
III
Vulcanised rubber snails,
plump as a colony of seals,
make the viscous journey
to a meal of hosta leaves.
IV
Those daffodils,
You’d know it was
their first time:
so open, so eager to please,
so bright, so upright,
so unaware.
V
The raw nerve of yearning
triggered by hawthorn,
by the green of far-off hills
seen from your top-floor office
when sun pays out its light.
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VI
That it might,
always be spring,
a held note.
That we might,
look forward,
to long days,
of growth:
haze lifting
like a screen,
waves peeling
off the Gulf Stream
one by one.

Dennis O’Driscoll
first published in Verse, vol. 13, nos. 2 and 3

Lighting Up time Poem List By Dennis O’Driscoll

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