Poem of the Week: Advice, by Dan Gerber

rainy

You know how, after it rains,

my father told me one August afternoon

when I struggled with something

hurtful my best friend had said,

how worms come out and

crawl all over the sidewalk

and it stays a big mess

a long time after it’s over

if you step on them?

 

Leave them alone,

he went on to say,

after clearing his throat,

and when the rain stops,

they crawl back into the ground.

 

Poem copyright ©2012 by Dan Gerber from his book of poems, Sailing through Cassiopeia, Copper Canyon Press, 2012.

Photo by Jacob and Karen Rank

The Center for Poetry is thrilled to co-host Dan Gerber with the Michigan Writers Series as part of our 2017 Fall Writing Series this Tuesday, October 24. Join us at 7pm for his poetry reading in the MSU Main Library!

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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