We have hoped for rain too long
Finally the sky greyed and lowered
like a quilt drooping onto the trees
opening its seams and gently
releasing feathers slowly falling.
Rain caresses the roof, makes
tiny stars of water on the windows.
The little tomato plants stand
to greet it. The soil eats it up.
The air had been heavy with pollen
and dust. Seedlings leaned over,
withered and died. The woods
were crisp. The ground crunched.
How gorgeous are puddles. Birds
dunk in them. Leaves uncoil as we
watch. The world has taken a bath
and emerges clean and freshened.
Amein to the rain that blesses us.
Tomorrow we’ll forgive, praise the sun.
Goose loves turtle
I watch a program about unlikely
friends, bear with tiger, cat
with crow, donkey with pig, dog
with faun. Strange as the bond
between me and rescued cat
who in night’s murky middle
suddenly crawls on my belly
to check I’m here, alive. Purrs.
Maybe all loves are incongruous.
Why choose an animal, a person
to adore? Some just don’t.
Never to have loved seems
strange to me, but pledging
oneself to some other closed
too in skin and bone is ignorant
choice, a grab bag, a cliff.
Love is blind, we say, but
how would seeing help? Off
we go into next year and loss
we can’t guess. Alley oop!
Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; eighteen volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time. Her first collection of short stories The Cost of Lunch, Etc. was published in Summer, 2014, and her nineteenth volume of poetry, Made in Detroit, published from Knopf in April, 2015.
A popular speaker on college campuses, she has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS Specials, Prairie Home Companion, Fresh Air, the Today Show, and many radio programs nationwide including Air America and Oprah & Friends. Her poems are read frequently on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.
Praised as one of the few American writers who are accomplished poets as well as novelists — Piercy is one of our country’s best selling poets — she is also the master of many genres: historical novels, science fiction (He, She, and It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom), novels of social comment and contemporary entertainments. She has taught, lectured and/or performed her work at well over 400 universities around the world.
“Marge Piercy is not just an author, she’s a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence.”
-The Boston Globe
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