The View from Mattie’s Pillow

The day after Thanksgiving.  The weather has warmed so that going outside is comfortable again, though the paths and roads are slick.  All day yesterday, we could hear the snow sliding off the roof.   We sat and ate turkey and pie and talked about the sorrows that have come into our community lately—too soon in winter for so much inexplicable pain.

It’s hard to write about, so here’s a poem.

The way “November”

settles in the mouth:

the dark “n” and “v”, the chilly

“b” and “r”, the hum of “m”

at the heart.  The name of the month

rumbles through our days,

dragging the shadowed season

with it.  Snow falls and packs

beneath our feet.   The moon hangs

half-hearted in the dark afternoon

sky; the night a tunnel we

plunge into with hope

that when daylight comes,

we all wake from darkness

to morning, rich with coffee,

the air tart with cut oranges,

with deep umber light

spreading to pink in the sky.

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2 Responses to “The View from Mattie’s Pillow”

  1. Glow Says:

    When can your fans expect your next poetry book?

  2. mattiespillow Says:

    Glow, Salmon Press of Ireland (see the link under Writing Links) has sent me a contract with a publishing date of February 28, 2010. Keep your fingers crossed that nothing glitches!

    The chapbook is still available at Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press (see Writing Links). She’s put it on Amazon and it’s available locally at Gulliver’s, but ordering directly from her helps her know there’s some readership. I admit I need to do more to get the chapbook circulated.

    After the semester’s over!

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