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  • Poem of the Day: Dear One Absent This Long While
    It has been so wet stones glaze in moss;
    everything blooms coldly.

    I expect you. I thought one night it was you
    at the base of the drive, you at the foot of the stairs,

    you in a shiver of light, but each time
    leaves in wind revealed themselves,

    the retreating shadow of a fox, daybreak.
    We expect you, cat and I, bluebirds and I, the stove.

    In May we dreamed of wreaths burning on bonfires
    over which young men and women leapt.

    June efforts quietly.
    I’ve planted vegetables along each garden wall

    so even if spring continues to disappoint
    we can say at least the lettuce loved the rain.

    I have new gloves and a new hoe.
    I practice eulogies. He was a hawk

    with white feathered legs. She had the quiet ribs
    of a salamander crossing the old pony post road.

    Yours is the name the leaves chatter
    at the edge of the unrabbited woods.

    Lisa Olstein, “Dear One Absent This Long While” from Radio Crackling, Radio Gone. Copyrigh 2006 by Lisa Olstein. Reprinted with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P. O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368-0271,

    Source: Radio Crackling Radio Gone(Copper Canyon Press, 2006)

    Lisa Olstein

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