Well, this is it for National Poetry Month 2020. I had hoped my bookstore would be full of poetry all month long. And in a way, it has been. I’ve certainly written a lot of it. And read some (including by NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Greene—and you should too!). And a wonderful friend brought me several new poetry books to read. It’s been…not quite what I wanted (poetry readings and fun times with fellow poets), but I’ve celebrated my love of poetry the best I could in the confines of coronavirus quarantine.
And with that, I leave you with this. Stay well, my friends. And keep reading poetry, and writing it if the spirit moves you. Remember: “To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” Or so said Robert Frost.
(Note: This is for all the parents and grandparents whose visits from family have been put off because of COVID-19.)
Through the Window
By Michelle Garren Flye
Through the window, I see the squirrels play
I hear the birds singing about the new day—
And you say you’ll be coming to see me
When the world makes travel for you easy.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
Looking out the window doesn’t tell me a thing.
The traffic flows past, and I sit alone.
And your voice sounds weak on the phone.
Watching does no good, I know.
Nothing I do makes time slow.
The world continues to spin on its way
Even if I sit here watching all day.