edward lilley


Mudsong - Poem by edward lilley

I miss you.
It has rained for two weeks here.
Winter has seemed endless.
So little light.
Last night, I watched a trickle, and then legions of ladybugs emerge from a crack in our bedroom ceiling.

Early this morning I recieved your letter telling me you will not be coming back.
I sat helpless, stupid for a long time in the dark.

At noon I found a beautiful cardinal dead beneath our side window,
Having battled to his death with his own reflection.
I promised I would bury him later when I could find something to wrap him in
And laid him on the porch out of the rain.

At dusk it stopped raining.
I came out in stocking feet, a blanket over my shoulders,
Just to check and see if the stars were still in the sky where they are supposed to be.
So little light.

I remembered the cardinal,
Looked down, felt cold mud soaking into my socks,
And there, between my feet,
My God, the stars!
A miraculous twinkle of white crocuses,
Impudent beaks, barely breaking through the dark.
I stood there rocking, strange laughter coming into my mouth,
Mud rising around me, crying aloud,
' If crocuses can make it, so can I!
So can I!
So can I! ! '


Comments about Mudsong by edward lilley

  • (4/19/2006 8:06:00 PM)


    i like this poem: it has the beauty and the clarity of a poem by raymond carver.

    ulrike
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  • (4/17/2006 12:04:00 AM)


    There is an arresting, authentic tone here, and clarity. The refrain about too little light is fine tho' needs little repetition (maybe 2X throughout?) and the crocuses making it (would automatically carry you-or 'I' as making it, don't you think? without any other reference.) It's encouraging to see such an accomplished
    tone, balance and clarity.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 16, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, April 17, 2006


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