Today's Maryland poet is Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka. She is hosting a reading of contributors to Life in Me Like Grass on Fire May 26 at the Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, MD.
Driving on the Beltway
by Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka
On the Beltway
I miss the earthliness.
Instead of the buoyant
of forsythia's yellow, expectancy
of apple tree buds breathing
their white insides open
in fragrance, the coolness
of tulip leaves slowly unwrapping
in wisps of laughter,
I feel the push
of passing cars, the uneven
of broken lines,
concrete barriers. While I count
the exits, the minutes crawl
along my spine, deposit lead
in my thighs. I long
for a whiff of chocolate mulch
freshly piled around the trees.
To touch the porous skin.
To be touched.
Posted with permission of the author. This poem first appeared in Weavings 2000: The Maryland Millennial Anthology.
One of Danuta's poems will be in Little Patuxent Review, Make Believe, out in June.
Do you have a poem that takes place in a car? If not, write one. If so, ask yourself if the poem balances (or contrasts) what's happening inside the car with what's happening outside the car.
Tomorrow, I'll post a full list of the Maryland poets I featured this month. On to the darling buds of May!