October 1st, 2010
We are again honored on this Poetry Friday to be able to share an original poem from one of our authors. Shirley McPhillips is a poet, teacher, and Stenhouse author, whose book A Note Slipped Under the Door shows teachers how to make poetry a lasting part of their and their students’ lives.
Enjoy this poem and return next week for another original by Shirley!
SHAKING UP THE MUSE
Today I am leaving for The Hill
before the fat air and sweet taunts
of the city stir up the work wasps
into an unstoppable frenzy.
A morning glory muse helps me pack
my bags and I head for a place where
hawks carve up clouds and streams
tangle men in high-waisted boots.
I go to stake my claim like a redwing
at the top of a northern pine screaming
this is my time. Give me something
sacred to see, I will cry, something
bold to bless, fling me screaming
into blue flame, give me something
wild to hold onto.
I will sit still in clover, let small sunsets
of Indian Paintbrush rise around my ankles,
my hands hiding in the folds of my dress.
And when I grow meek from painting
peaks and hayfields on a streak of mauve,
I will laugh into a gust of wind, trick me
into a patch of passion, I will say, shake me
dry like a gourd until my seeds clamor
and crack again, even
if all that’s left is dust.
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