—by Jay Primiano
to write of birds and soil
backyard returning fauna,
rains that fill basements
winds that test trees
as March’s moist cold
mines for angst
among the joints of pained knees.
to collect cloistered words
recycle, reuse, reject
long suffering spring phrases
seek a shot of poetry B-12
sift through dusty white paper hell
and rummage through a sale of words.
to recognize change through tumult
flee winter’s cold hold
twist, turn, head-spin, somersault,
then smash winter’s frozen face
with a ball peen hammer.
to listen for first tree frogs
that precede patient cicadas
and noisy crickets calling.
Re-tune your born-again easter ears
and sacrifice the lamb of complacency.
to feel sun’s new angle
find sharper shadows
open clearly defined lines of light
fuel and boost poetry’s thirsty tank
walk green busting paths at river’s bank
hold witness to newborn waxy leaves
as forests renew, reclaim, redeem.
to shed old cold regret
sign the ledger of a hard day’s sweat
taste a certain grace in pain
observe natural hues and pollen’s stain
windblown treacherous time again,
when only poets with a full quivers reign.
Mr. Primiano has been writing poetry for decades. He is an author of “Young Adult” literature and co-authored the New York Times acclaimed novel, Swim That Rock (Candlewick 2014). He is the co-founder of the “The Rhodeo Poets,” based in Jamestown, RI, and has presented his work with such poets and writers as Lisa Starr, Peter Covino and James Geary. His poetry has appeared in newspapers and magazines. His poem entitled, “A Hall of Heralded Mutilated Heads,” was included in the Rhode Island Bards Anthology 2022, and his poem, “California’s Burning,” will appear in the 2023 Notable Works Anthology in June. He was mentored by poet and fiction writer Maria Flook. Mr. Primiano is a member of the “What Cheer” writers club.
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