If it takes me all day,
I will get the word freshened out of this poem.
I put it in the first line, then moved it to the second,
and now it won’t come out.
It’s stuck. I’m so frustrated,
so I went out to my little porch all covered in snow
and watched the icicles drip, as I smoked
Finally I reached up and broke a big, clear spike
off the roof with my bare hand.
And used it to write a word in the snow.
I wrote the word snow.
I can’t stand myself.
Reprinted from Human Dark with Sugar (2008) by Brenda Shaughnessy. Used by permission of Copper Canyon Press, www.coppercanyonpress.org.
Source: Human Dark with Sugar
(Copper Canyon Press, 2008)
Poems by Brenda Shaughnessy