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  • Poem of the Day: Thinking of Madame Bovary
    The first hot April day the granite step
    was warm. Flies droned in the grass.
    When a car went past they rose
    in unison, then dropped back down. . . .

    I saw that a yellow crocus bud had pierced
    a dead oak leaf, then opened wide. How strong
    its appetite for the luxury of the sun!

    Everyone longs for love's tense joy and red delights.

    And then I spied an ant
    dragging a ragged, disembodied wing
    up the warm brick walk. It must have been
    the Methodist in me that leaned forward,
    preceded by my shadow, to put a twig just where
    the ant was struggling with its own desire.

    Jane Kenyon, "Thinking of Madame Bovary" from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2005 by Jane Kenyon. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press.

    Source: Collected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2005)

    Jane Kenyon

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