Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Poem of the Day: "Resurrection" by Carol Hamilton, Poet of the Month

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present "Resurrection" by Carol Hamilton, Poet of the Month.  Ms. Hamilton will also be serving as the guest judge for the Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest, which will run from September 1 to October 15, 2015.  A detailed biography of Ms. Hamilton may be found here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2015/08/songs-of-eretz-poetry-review-poet-of.html.  The contest guidelines may be previewed here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/p/songs-of-eretz.html.

Resurrection
Carol Hamilton

Thorns of bare branches
leap up, startled,
through puff of wild plum
and smoke of redbud.
Birth and re-birth
always amaze our slumbery,
droning days, those that clump
together along the horizon,
not really expecting anything.

Poet’s Notes:  The surprise of spring is ever new. This short piece reflects my love of alliteration and the mystery of renewal in the natural world.

Editor’s Note:  This poem reminds me of the azalea in my front yard.  Last year, it was nothing more than a skeletal clump of sticks.  All the plants around it, including another azalea, put out leaves.  I thought it dead for sure and almost pulled it out of the ground.  Then one day it finally put out leaves of its own--a late bloomer.  Now it is a small but attractive little shrub.  "Resurrection" was originally published in The Comstock Review.

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