Undone Song at Neap Tide

By Kathryn Starbuck Kathryn Starbuck
When the sun and moon were in quadrature, when   
the garden had become a wilderness and the clock refused to strike

When the old year died and the sand walked into
the sea with the neap tide

When you had been too long away and your old snowblue footprints
clotted and hesitated in the clay

When the worry of this undone song unsung so long
so loud my head I went inside and under to let the flood run free

Source: Poetry (February 2005).


This poem originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Poetry magazine

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February 2005
 Kathryn  Starbuck


Journalist, essayist, and newspaper editor, Kathryn Starbuck started writing poems in her 60s. She is the author of Griefmania (Sheep Meadow Press, 2006) and Sex Perhaps (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and Best American Poetry 2008. Though she was a practiced prose writer, it was the experience of grief that led her to writing poetry. After the deaths of her . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Relationships, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Love, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Consonance, Mixed

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