Today's poem is by Gail Segal


And the gods will argue
and the father
will tell the daughter, look
you had such promise

and she will sit tall
facing him
as he drives disappointment
like a stake
but it will miss her heart
too full of intricacies,
too measured a hardness
to be mistaken
for coldness,
but wieldy like anvil
and hammer that shape metal
for hooves of horses,
running a full gallop
through her dreams.

Copyright © 2006 Gail Segal All rights reserved
from Chelsea
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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