A shared life: poems by Katherine Soniat

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Page 19 TWO Page 21 Janus in Autumn The hornets enter this dark nest filled with one great hum. It's hard to think of each with will enough to hang the earth from an Appalachian power line and something has plugged one golden ear of corn above the entrance hole, thrust it into the practical mud daubed up, then down, the curve of every invitation and departure. In late October the landscape assumes a wrinkled look.  It makes me picture chilled migrants, and the hornets stay close as if some door kept thudding, reminding each of home.

Page 59 Marks of Light Unlike a photograph which can be destroyed, the man carries in his head a father he would have no part of. At a railroad crossing he stops his car to watch the train cast its light this way and that, each tree a momentary comfort, lit like a forest home.  I did not know that even then his father, posed in a black vest, was hidden somewhere in a corner.  A mole pushes the dark around all day while new fathers step out into the daylit chores of memory.  Same corner, the day after shining like the day before.

So see, you almost lost your peacock, as from that twilit altar my son smiled and threw one gold wink at me. for Andrea Page 56 Two Daughters At length in February, I wonder why I feel like nobody's daughter, left with the pulse of a woman who was always heading away. But today, mother, it's you who comes back as the one left homesick from birth, your mother dead in the influenza of 1918, leaving you to a Daddy with a big cigar, who handed you over to your Granny and headed up east. Your life moved upstream with her to Bella Vista, where you glued lightning bugs to your ears.

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