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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Ending the Drought by Elizabeth McBride

Ending the Drought
by Elizabeth McBride

It’s raining!
We have waited for so long
we hurry to our doorways and lean out to breathe
the sweet brown smell
of earth licked wet by drops that sip
between roots of curled dry grasses,
trickle down furrows of blackened bark,
and follow matted trenches
in the fields.

It’s raining.
The children stop, put down their toys
and stand tip-toe, edging bare feet toward narrow puddles
forming beneath the eaves.
And we forget that we are grown
reach out to feel the splash and plop
of round fat drops on swollen skin;
savor the cool trail of relief
that traces through our hair
in liquid memories.

It is raining.
Glory be! We stand in awe
to watch the skies unfurl, cascade, and wash us clean.
We think again how little
we can do
to save the world
on our own.

Elizabeth McBride is a Fellow of the National Writing Project, an Amherst Writers and Artists Affiliate, and member of the Michigan Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Ms. McBride’s poetry has been published in The Dunes Review, Third Wednesday, Seeding the Snow, Red River Review, and Scintilla.

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Alleviate by Kenneth P. Gurney

Alleviate
by Kenneth P. Gurney 

I awaken to a sky
as dark as nightmare.

My prayer for rain
blots out the moon.

But it is not my prayer
but my verbal repetition

of an echo I hear
emanating from the trees.

It has been dry so long
I cut the honey into cubes

and set one out
on the table to dissolve

to sweeten the rain’s
bitter surrender of its wings.

 

Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne.  He edits the anthology Adobe Walls which contains the poetry of New Mexico.  His latest book is This is not Black & White.  To learn more visit  http://www.kpgurney.me/Poet/Welcome.html

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