More Than Enough

By Marge Piercy b. 1936 Marge Piercy
The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
multiflora rose climbs trees cascading
white or pink blossoms, simple, intense
the scene drifting like colored mist.

The arrowhead is spreading its creamy
clumps of flower and the blackberries
are blooming in the thickets. Season of
joy for the bee. The green will never
again be so green, so purely and lushly

new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads
into the wind. Rich fresh wine
of June, we stagger into you smeared
with pollen, overcome as the turtle
laying her eggs in roadside sand.

Marge Piercy's latest book of poetry is Colors Passing Through Us (Knopf, 2003); her new novel Sex Wars (Morrow/Harper Collins) will be out in December. Poem copyright © 2003 by Marge Piercy and reprinted from The Paterson Literary Review with permission of the author.

Source: Colors Passing Through Us (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003)

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Poet Marge Piercy b. 1936

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Animals, Trees & Flowers, Summer, Spring, Nature

Occasions Toasts & Celebrations

Poetic Terms Imagery, Simile, Pastoral

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Marge Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan, into a working-class family that had been hard-hit by the Depression. Piercy was the first member of her family to attend college, winning a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan. She received an MA from Northwestern University. During the 1960s, Piercy was an organizer in political movements like the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the movement against the war . . .

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SUBJECT Animals, Trees & Flowers, Summer, Spring, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Imagery, Simile, Pastoral

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