Two of my poems published in Wordgathering, September 2013

I am indebted to the online journal, Wordgathering, for publishing my work and for celebrating writing about disability. Check out their website–they are a discerning journal looking for poetry, essays, fiction, art, book reviews, reading loops, and drama concerning disability.  The editor, Michael Northern, is passionate about this literature, and promotes authors whose work concerns disability.

From the Wordgathering website:

“As always, Wordgathering seeks work that develops the field of disability literature. We invite the submission of poetry, short fiction, and essays that discuss poetry from a disability perspective or that contribute to the theoretical development of the field of disability literature. If you have authored a book that you think should be reviewed in Wordgathering, and is consistent with our mission, please let us know about that as well.

Submission Guidelines

Here are my two poems published September 2013; both reference MS.  “The House is Finally Quiet” and “When Rain Falls to End the Drought”

The House Is Finally Quiet

This April day can’t make up its mind:
sun and finches flirt with the bird
feeder and wind throws itself against

a lowering sky as rain hits the roof.  Sun
shower marks sky’s edges of light
and dark so that it looks to be drawn

by an architect.  Precise lines assert the order
of things: the knowing angles of corners,
the perspective of skyscrapers and bedrooms.

Workers have finally ceased their jackhammer
assault on our concrete porch and walk.
Jagged blocks rest helter-skelter like mountains

upended by earthquake, or Zeus.   Last fall’s
leaves shift from one fence line to
another, wait for spring green to fold them in.

Suddenly I do not want my life to be any different,
even though my shorter left leg doesn’t
bend but swings forward, or when kind hands

tug me up from a chair.   My ungainly body yaws
from one side to the other, like a child
learning how to ride a bike.  Years ago, I shoved

the slowing, the stiffening, into the mind’s
compartment that hopes, always,
for the best.  I watch a man’s shovel dig straight

footers for concrete.  He steps around the old,
whose color, like gray sea mottled from rain,
mimics the changing spring day.  A sloping sidewalk

will rise to meet the new porch that now has no steps,
flanked by Emerald Boxwood, Knock Out roses,
and a cedar bench to sit upon.  Glorious – this shrine

to summer – where juniper jumps the wall, trails
to Snowflake hydrangea and bright liriape,
where Crepe Myrtle shouts scarlet blooms, southern sky.

 ©Marie Kane

When Rain Falls to End the Drought
for Lucas

When rain falls to end the drought,
her grandson rushes outside to rustling
fields and dry sycamore trees – sssshhhh
what sound those fields make in wind,
what ghostly light those sycamores cast.
Dry leaves brush clapboards of the house.
Underneath twilight’s window, she rises
to grab her cane, makes her halting way
to the door.  In the open, his upturned face
welcomes this gift of rain, this sweet
wetness, this relief from all things dry.

What thunder could be as loud
as her heart’s incessant noise?

©Marie Kane

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