Poem of the Week: Multiple Choice, by Susan Laughter Meyers


Your chickadee has nested in the wrong house, exposed and unprotected.

a.    You write to it, praising the green

        irony of an open door,

        the breeze that airs the bed.

        Which light, which shadow? you ask.

b.    You listen to what could be song

        but sounds more like scoldings

        of your tap-dancing mind.

c.    You breathe in the feathered smell

       of defeat, wondering why you didn’t hammer

       the yes-yes-yes closed.

d.   At dusk you speak the low syllables of elegy,

       when you can no longer sing.

       You have lost all sight of the tree,

       of whatever trembled its branches.





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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