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On a Thursday, Like Any Other Day, I Try to Take Good Care of Things

October 27, 2011 7 comments

by Penelope Scambly Schott

Before I switch on the evening star,
I azure the top of the sky.

Like the yellow street light outside my house,
the star floats in dark blue.

Before I azure the top of the sky,
I tint the horizon deep orange.

High clouds smooth to a darker blue
and the lawns in the town drink cool.

Before I stain the horizon orange,
I darken the snowy mountain.

The glow in the west heads for the ocean
where foam glints crimson.

Before I gray the white mountain,
I roll the hills into their beds.

The glaciers slow in their icy hollows
and dream how to flow like rivers.

Before I put the hills to bed,
I tuck in the ripening wheat.

Each kernel sleeps in its head
while the stalks wave in the fields.

Before I kiss the wheat goodnight,
my hands grow paddles for winnowing.

All afternoon I have tasted sunlight.
Tonight in my sleep I will taste bread.


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Penelope Scambly Schott has published several books, most recently Crow Mercies from Calyx Books (2010). This poem is from a series she’s working on called “Lovesong for Dufur,” about a small town in central Oregon.

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