Here’s a Paula Meehan poem for ya because I need to get to work and can’t take time to write right now— and because I always return to this poem when it feels like winter might be ending. This is a page from my copybook. It’s an old school tablet for cursive practice. I just scribble poems in it any old way I want.

The poem in case you can’t read my handwriting:

Seed by Paula Meehan

The first warm day of spring
and I step out into the garden from the gloom
of a house where hope had died
to tally the storm damage, to seek what may
have survived. And finding some forgotten
lupins I’d sown from seed last autumn
holding in their fingers a raindrop each
like a peace offering, or a promise,
I am suddenly grateful and would
offer a prayer if I believed in God.
But not believing, I bless the power of seed,
its casual, useful persistence,
and bless the power of sun,
its conspiracy with the underground,
and thank my stars the winter’s ended.

1 Comment

  1. Lauree says: Reply

    i love this…to me this speaks to breathing in thank you and breathing out thank you when you are past being.

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