Faint Stars of Dread
Unbearable, the snowdrops, as if wintercould be something lived through.Overmuch, this reminder of life,the dead earth candling its sorrowswith bowed heads in silent mourning.Implausible, to have been—meaning to have harmed, to have cutthe bud by the root—as if being could ever,perpetually, end with softness. Or beginin Kyrie eleison, a call echoed by white bells.
Copyright © 2018 by Gillian Cummings
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
Gillian Cummings is the author of The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, selected by John Yau as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize for Poetry (forthcoming in November 2018) and My Dim Aviary, winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, The Journal, The Laurel Review, and Linebreak. Her website is www.gilliancummingspoet.com.
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