FALL 2009

Sam Hamill


A long cold
wet spring,
all drizzle and shiver
after months of bright Argentine sun.

Only a half dozen white stars
on the magnolia this year,

but the cherries are loaded
with buds. Soon,
the huge pink blossoms
of wild rhododendrons
will slowly unfold,

a new iris rise and swell.

Perhaps a summer
will arrive one day
like an old friend,
for a brief stay
on her long journey.

A bluejay passes through
the cedars. Somewhere
a woodpecker
nails a fence of sound
around his land.

Almost as if to answer
the call of spring's first lonely thrush,
the wind picks up
its blue violin.


Sam Hamill's recent poetry includes Almost Paradise: Selected Poems & Translations (Shambhala) and Measured by Stone (Curbstone Press). Red Hen Press has published a collection of his literary essays, Avocations. He divides his time between Port Townsend, Washington and Buenos Aires, and is Director of Poets Against War.



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