Waiting for Your Love Poem to be Read   3 comments


the other spreads the paper

like a map smoothing your river stanzas

and valley rhymes

your long gray highways of words


you watch the paper flatten

parts of it an arroyo

so deep, dry and wide

souls have been lost


while you watch the reader’s face

somewhere a mother holds her baby to the window

to see a hummingbird for the first time

the bird synchronizes its tiny heart

with the baby’s small one

then baby turns its eyes to the mother

and continues its fall into love


the other reads on

somewhere in words or time

a hand reaches across Everglade gators

to a landlocked girl

and somewhere a finger on a wet window writes

“you are my life”


the reader reads on

wonders is it the words or  my senses

that bring the moon close

that rock me like a boat on the sea


birds rise to explain

that they are more than voices

more than one thing to another

still you watch the other’s face

like a child not sure if she’ll see a smile or frown

if you will be plucked from the “I love you

I love you not” petal


eons elapse

storms steal windows and roofs

snakes find apples for Eves

wedding liquor crashes from weak table legs

a grandmother dies        her daughter waits for bluebirds to come


the reader looks up from the paper


you remember the sound boots

make on the hard crunch of snow


Mary Strong Jackson

July 2013


Posted March 28, 2014 by strongjacksonpoet54 in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Waiting for Your Love Poem to be Read

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  1. This is one of the most beautiful poems I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of reading in a very long time. Every stanza, every line had me wanting more. Outstanding piece.


    Sheldon Thompson

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