Three new poems by Vona Groarke appeared in the current issue of The Hudson Review.
‘Sundial Metaphors’; ‘Still Life in Marble’; and ‘Phrase Book for the Subjunctive, Lesson 1’
Morning takes from the bottom drawer
a clean present tense.
Midday. Its two shoulder-straps
Afternoon is milk-skim,
thickening on itself.
Evening is lovers who said too much
but once and years ago.
Night is a black lacquer bowl
with hours plump as oranges inside.
Small hours insist they’re what they’re not,
a go-between, light-footed, on the path
of what could be a simple day
except for all the reasons it is not.
Read all three poems on The Hudson Review website.