1. DISTRESSED HAIKU

    In a week or ten days
    the snow and ice
    will melt from Cemetery Road.

    I’m coming! Don’t move!

    *

    Once again it is April.
    Today is the day
    we would have been married
    twenty-six years.

    I finished with April
    halfway through March.

    *

    You think that their
    dying is the worst
    thing that could happen.

    Then they stay dead.

    *

    Will Hall ever write
    lines that do anything
    but whine and complain?

    In April the blue
    mountain revises
    from white to green.

    *

    The Boston Red Sox win
    a hundred straight games.
    The mouse rips
    the throat of the lion

    and the dead return.

    — 

    Donald Hall (interview here), in his 2003 book The Painted Bed. His wife, the poet Jane Kenyon died in 1995.

    April is National Poetry Month, so take a moment to appreciate the poetic among us sometime in the next four weeks.

  2. Fresh Air

    Interviews

    Donald Hall

    Distressed Haiku