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Today's poem is by Linda Pastan

After a Month of Rain

Everything I thought I wanted
is right here,
particularly when the sun
is making such a comeback,

and the lilac engorged
with purple has recovered
from its severe pruning,
and you will be back soon

to dispel whatever it is
that overtakes me like leaf blight,
even on a day like this. I can still
hear the remnants of rain

in the swollen stream
behind the house, in the faint
dripping under the eaves,
persistent as memory.

And all the things I didnít think
I wanted, cut like the lilac back
to the root, push up again
from underground.



Copyright © 2006 Linda Pastan All rights reserved
from Five Points
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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