At the Waukesha Field Station 6/21/21
If I begin by drawing
weeds, their leaves, the spot
of yellowed brown, a spent dandelion,
something awakens. A word
a sprout of a word, rough and green, rises
like a fine blade of grass—
……… you, too, may have felt this thin,
……….this little, this intricately little—an ant
following the scent of another in procession
over the uneven terrain, over
the weathered Adirondack chair
scaly with moss, bird droppings, lichen,
going for crumbs of bread and the sweet residue
of what was once hot chocolate
in an abandoned paper cup.
……….And you, too, may have felt that giddy,
……….that great, when what you hoped for
without foreseeing came step by hesitant
step into being.
Photo by Alex Diffor on Unsplash
Margaret Rozga’s fifth book of poems is Holding My Selves Together: New and Selected Poems (Cornerstone Press, 2021). As 2019-20 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Rozga edited the anthology Through This Door: Wisconsin in Poems (Art Night Books, 2020) and the chapbook anthology On the Front Lines / Behind the Lines (pitymilk press, 2021). She served as guest editor of the Summer 2021 issue of Bramble and is currently the inaugural artist/scholar at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee at Waukesha Field Station.
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