Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Poetry Corner

Rob Rosen dropped off a huge packet of labor-related poetry. We thought we'd share some occasionally. Here is our first offering, by Mary Fell (b.1947).

Picket Line in Autumn

This face getting brown
as morning falls
just ripe out of the sky --
a change from last night's
cold, warm gloves and
frost poured into
these empty coffee cups --

you've never been so much
in the world as now,
spending all daylight
and all night too outdoors,
going in circles like the world does,
though sometimes it seems
standing still, getting nowhere --

except you know your tired feet
are turning the earth
and someday the sun
will give itself up to you,
the leaves surrender --
you know they will, if
you keep on walking long enough.

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