Today's poem is by Lesley Wheeler
In some kind houses the doors
never quite shut. Every table
hosts a bowl of eggswooden ones
or striped stone, cool to touch.
What could grow in an egg like that?
A day becomes a story becomes a bird,
a lost seagull who shrinks each time
I describe him. Watch him fold
his filigree wings, crawl into
the shell. His song wasn't much,
but he tries to swallow it,
as if he can retreat
to an ornamental state
of potential. This is not possible,
even in an inland village named
Barnacle. Just brush your fingers
over the eggs as you leave,
memorize the feel of the grain.
The paths are thick with nettles,
but if they sting, rub the blisters
with a fistful of dock. Pain
and consolation grow next
to each other, in some kind
countries. House and wing.
Copyright © 2009 Lesley Wheeler All rights reserved
from The Journal
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