Lisa Olstein

(Boston, Massachusetts)

Dear One Absent This Long While - Poem by Lisa Olstein

It has been so wet stones glaze in moss;
everything blooms coldly.

I expect you. I thought one night it was you
at the base of the drive, you at the foot of the stairs,

you in a shiver of light, but each time
leaves in wind revealed themselves,

the retreating shadow of a fox, daybreak.
We expect you, cat and I, bluebirds and I, the stove.

In May we dreamed of wreaths burning on bonfires
over which young men and women leapt.

June efforts quietly.
I've planted vegetables along each garden wall

so even if spring continues to disappoint
we can say at least the lettuce loved the rain.

I have new gloves and a new hoe.
I practice eulogies. He was a hawk

with white feathered legs. She had the quiet ribs
of a salamander crossing the old pony post road.

Yours is the name the leaves chatter
at the edge of the unrabbited woods.


Comments about Dear One Absent This Long While by Lisa Olstein

  • (12/12/2015 4:29:00 AM)


    This poem has a voice of its own. I'd like to put it on my wall and read it every day. Perfection. (Report) Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (9/14/2015 12:25:00 PM)


    An interesting poem, Lisa (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 14, 2015



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