Connie Wanek

(1952 -- / Madison, Wisconsin)

Connie Wanek Poems

1. The Coin Behind Your Ear 1/13/2003
2. Hartley Field 3/22/2012
3. Radiator 3/22/2012
4. Amaryllis 3/22/2012
5. Jump Rope 1/13/2003
6. Lipstick 3/22/2012
7. After Us 1/13/2003
8. Monopoly 3/22/2012
9. Daisies 1/13/2003
10. Butter. 1/1/2004
11. Coloring Book 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Connie Wanek

Coloring Book

Each picture is heartbreakingly banal,
a kitten and a ball of yarn,
a dog and bone.
The paper is cheap, easily torn.
A coloring book's authority is derived
from its heavy black lines
as unalterable as the ten commandments
within which minor decisions are possible:
the dog black and white,
the kitten gray.
Under the picture we find a few words,
a title, perhaps a narrative,
a psalm or sermon.
But nowhere do we come upon
a blank page where we might justify
the careless way we scribbled
when we were tired and sad
and could bear no more.

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