Friday, February 7, 2014

In Memory of Maxine Kumin - 1925- 2014



U S Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Poet Maxine Kumin died Yesterday,  Feb. 6, 2014.



"Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief"










"Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief"

by Maxine Kumin

Blue landing lights make
nail holes in the dark.
A fine snow falls. We sit
on the tarmac taking on
the mail, quick freight,
trays of laboratory mice,
coffee and Danish for
the passengers.

Wherever we're going
is Monday morning.
Wherever we're coming from
is Mother's lap.
On the cloud-pack above, strewn
as loosely as parsnip
or celery seeds, lie
the souls of the unborn:

my children's children's
children and their father.
We gather speed for the last run
and lift off into the weather.

"Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief" by Maxine Kumin from Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief. © Penguin, 1989

1 comment:

Tabatha said...

Lovely. Thank you.