April is National Poetry Month. Since we are all spending a lot more time at home lately, I thought I would be vulnerable to connect with you over video to share poems. My hope is to try and read you a poem each day.
Here are some of the poems!
April 1, 2020
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April 4, 2020
Something Inside By Jessica Outram Mom’s strawberry jam in glass jars lines our kitchen counter boil ripe local berries in June add sugar and sprinkle pectin skim foam and ladle then top jars with a warmed lid Great-Aunt Muriel and zucchini relish love-grown produce from a Georgian Bay garden stored in pantries for family holiday tourtière when we stop by to say hi to Great-Uncle Fred he leans through the car window passing to the back seat, Mom’s tidy cursive label jelly beans light up the jar with sugar my spring jars of fuzzy caterpillars from tents punctured lids with a nail and Dad’s hammer his jars of screws and hooks in the garage shelves lined with leftovers for repairs a jar under our kitchen sink collects hot grease cooled and congealed layers of hot and cold until it fills capturing minnows and muddy water in a jar my brother lies on his belly on the dock catch and release anxious swimmers scoop again some jars neglected and dusty stacked in dark corners of the basement or piled in the white plastic bucket behind the steel bin in the green shed jars without life or purpose until we put something inside we talked about catching fresh air like fireflies to bring south the sweet mix of pine, spruce, granite to help us miss the Bay less through winter jars preserve, collect, capture organize, form we purchase things in jars give things away in jars glass jars lingering since the 1800s these fragile jars chip or shatter sometimes tender ingredients with nowhere to hide
April 17, 2020
Synchronicity by Jessica Outram (If you’d like to read this one, send me a note and I’ll email it to you).