Poetry Friday – LILACS IN SEPTEMBER – Katha Pollitt

LILACS IN SEPTEMBER

Shocked to the root
like the lilac bush
in the vacant lot
by the hurricane–

whose black  branch split
by wind or rain
has broken out
unseasonably

into these scant ash-
colored blossoms
lifted high
as if to say

to passersby
What will unleash
itself in you
when your storm comes?
                         
Katha Pollitt

Having lately been shocked to the root myself, I find the final question to be a poignant one.

                             

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3 Responses to Poetry Friday – LILACS IN SEPTEMBER – Katha Pollitt

  1. Joyce says:

    I just wanted you to know I have found your blog because of the Galway Kinnell poem. I have read some of your past posts and want you to know I am praying daily for you and Ricardo. I’m sure many are doing the same. May these prayers carry both of you through this difficult time.

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