Today's poem is by Lynne Knight

Vermont Barn

The barn is so weathered it may collapse
in the next wind, and the sigh its owner
heaves then will be smaller than the wind,
an acquiescence waiting to happen, for years

now, ever since the barn listed, as the birches
around it list, drunk trees, the owner says,
laughing as he looks. A stormís pulled
clouds into a singularity of cloud, there,

in the south, and the first rain will be loud
on the slate roof. The barn was there when
the owner bought the place, decades ago,
and near collapse then, he says, like someone

you donít expect to live another year,
but then she does, she does, and there you are
beside her, having seen enough to know
collapse isnít the worst way you could go.

Copyright © 2005 Lynne Knight All rights reserved
from The American Poetry Journal
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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