Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Poem Set at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio

Blood Root
--at Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, Ohio

in the spring rain,
amid the bluebells,
skunk cabbage, marsh marigold,
                                        blood root—

we break pita bread,
            understanding communion,
toast red wine,
watching geese gather on Blueberry Pond

I blurt out clumsy
            words of love

you give me a talisman

simple gift of
egg-shaped stone
made smooth
by the lake

flakes or rock flicker in the light,
crystals of ruby,
            of garnet,
surely of magic—

we are being wooed
            by life

bound by blood
            from root to crown

in the spring rain
            at Holden

            as everything


[Bob Coughlin, circa 1991]

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