Monday, April 9, 2012

haunted






We are looking for your laugh.
Trying to find the path back to it
between drooping trees.
Listening for your rustle
under bamboo,
brush of fig leaves,
feeling your step
on the porch,
natty lantana blossom
poked into your buttonhole.
We see your raised face
at both sides of a day.
How was it, you lived around
the edge of everything we did,
seasons of ailing & growing,
mountains of laundry & mail?
I am looking for you first & last
in the dark places,
when I turn my face away
from headlines at dawn,
dropping the rolled news to the floor.
Your rumble of calm
poured into me.
There was the saving grace
of care, from day one, the watching
and being watched
from every corner of the yard.







~ Naomi Shihab Nye
from Transfer
with thanks to poets.org/




2 comments:

stamina said...

Great blog… great photo! is it yours?

congratulations for ur blog :)

smilingheart said...

thanks stamina,

not my picture, loved it but didn't find a source.