O, She Says

By Hailey Leithauser b. 1954 Hailey Leithauser
O, she says (because she loves to say O),
O to this cloud-break that ravels the night,
O to this moon, its mouthful of sorrow,
O shallow grass and the nettle burr’s bite,

O to heart’s flare, its wobbly satellite,
O step after step in stumbling tempo,
O owl in oak, O rout of black bat flight,
(O moaned in Attic and Esperanto)

O covetous tongue, O fat fandango,
O gnat tango in the hot, ochered light,
O wind whirred leaves in subtle inferno,
O flexing of sea, O stars bolted tight,

O ludicrous swoon, O blind hindsight,
O torching of bridges and blood boiled white,
O sparrow and arrow and hell below,
O, she says, because she loves to say O.

Source: Poetry (July/August 2009).

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Poet Hailey Leithauser b. 1954

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Love, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Animals

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Pantoum