Sunday, October 30, 2011

At the Millay Colony

At the Millay Colony

up the road I pace,
then down to the pond
where ice forms like fat
rising in chicken broth,
where the cherry tree,
fallen one thunderous night,
spans the water.

There, straddling the trunk,
wrinkled mastodon
awaiting the caretaker's saw,
when he gets to it,
I watch the four-toed
salamander lap the cherry's shadow,
watch my mutable self
mirrored below the sky,
without fire.

Across the dry-grassed meadow
the poet's cabin stands: woodstove,
childlike desk, pen,
blank notepad. Blank
as the rain-streaked window
until late that afternoon
framed in a pane of glass
the setting sun's reflection burns
bright as the light
on my typewriter's rim
signaling on.

an older poem, date unknown

for more poems in response to this prompt see Magpie Tales.

Thanks to willow for the photo.


  1. I almost can't get past the wonder of "ice forms like fat rising in chicken broth", so many flips (hot/cold indoor/outdoor nature/cooked) caught in one little phrase.

  2. Yes, ice forms like fat rising in chicken broth does paint a picture! I didn't know you had a poetry blog. I shall follow!

  3. Such a descriptive landscape - like impressionistic poetry painting a meld of inner and outer worlds!

  4. i agree about the painting but mine was in a clear Japanese print style, your words are so beautiful. x

  5. ..impressive write with careful descriptions - excellent take!

    Good day!


  6. Dear Sukipoet: by the light of the typewriter this gothic dream is born! How utterly poetic and full of wondrous visual imagery!jj Chiccoreal

  7. Such fine images rise, float and dot this superb piece!

  8. fascinating us of language and description...the ice forming like fat on the broth is a marvelous turn of phrase....well played...

  9. Moody and atmospheric...perfect for the prompt, Suki...thank you...

  10. "...where ice forms like fat
    rising in chicken broth," Terrific.

  11. I can see it all so clearly Suki:-)

  12. Happy New Year! May your life always be filled with blessings!

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