April 10, 2011

Amy Fleury: “Consider the Thunder”

Posted in Poetry at 8:51 pm by The Lizard Queen

Consider the Thunder

Its low deliberate appeal,
how it speaks of hunger or danger
or deluge. Every weather
shuns its own burden.

And even the heft of sunlight
shrugged from the sky
settles heavy on the shoulders
of cornstalks and children.

Consider the gifts of wind,
all that makeshift music
and the scribbles of twigs
caught in rainspouts and gutters,
debris tangled in a girl’s hair.

Even sleet spits it sharp
anointment onto our upturned
faces and delivers
into our hands
a harsh blessing.

—Amy Fleury, 2004

From Beautiful Trouble

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