Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Not Another Death Poem by Janet Lynn Davis

–for Judy

This poem is not about death;
there are too many of those.
It is about everything else:
the long discussions of when
we were seven or twenty-two;
how we fancied being “great writers”
(both of us, even then);
how we were otherwise unalike,
you protesting in the streets,
      me watching,
you flirting with any and all
who would flirt back,
      me blushing,
you with the wild hair and umber eyes. 

It is about anything but now;
anything but the slow fading,
anything but the white lilies
that will cover you before
the next hint of frost on the meadow. 

Loch Raven Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall 2005

Janet Lynn Davis,  Texas, USA


Crafty Green Poet said...

Janet Lynn Davis lives in a rustic, wooded area to the north of Houston, Texas (USA). Her tanka and other poems have appeared in numerous online and print venues over the past several years. Some of her work can be found at her blog: twigs&stones (

Geraldine said...

Beautiful and evocative...