Friday, June 2, 2006

below morning's edge

Below Morning's Edge

The cannas have begun to show,
a paradox of petaled sunrise
risen atop stoic stalks

leaves held together, as always,
slipped inside one another like
pages of poetry - twisted,
hidden in the dark crescent
below morning's edge.

For long months of Carolina summer
they stand proud, May through September.
I wonder, come the third Thursday
if the thanks they give is for the fall,
for the chance, at last, to let the sun set.

Are they glad to loose their curled secrets,
to lay them down and sleep?

pffft. This feels completely unfinished, but then, considering the inspiration and subject, maybe it should. I don't know. I've stared it down for weeks, and I'm sick of trying to beat it.


  1. Erin,
    I don't think it unfinished in so much as I think it a season, a part of a whole. Put it aside, forget about it for a few months, write other things, and one day you'll stumble upon this very poem and say, "Oh, I know what that is, it goes with this over here."

    At least that's the way it most often works for me.

  2. For whatever it's worth--it doesn't seem unfinished to me. I think it's lovely the way it is. I think sometimes we try to hard. Let it be.