Poem of the Week: “Winter Morning” by Anita Skeen

Cold as the lip on the metal milk can
just come from the ice house

and the ladle dips down
into the frosty pool

sloshing and splashing
from overfill,

dripping a white river
onto bleached August

grass where it puddles
then recedes underground

as I cup the dipper’s bowl
in both hands, tip it up

to swallow, again and again,
the ice flow, the snowbank,

the daybreak cracking,
the shattered light.

Reprinted with permission of the author

Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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