At the Turn of the Year by Robbi Nester (I Am Waiting Poetry Series)

Silver Birch Press

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AT THE TURN OF THE YEAR
by Robbi Nester

I am waiting for the moon
to hang like a golden lantern
among blue stars.
I am waiting for the orchid’s
tight buds to swell, fists
full of secrets, till the flower
bursts its bonds, unfurls,
a swallowtail finally free
of its chrysalis.
I am waiting for our resolutions
to fly like pennants
in the battlefields, for anger
to burn to ashes
and the weeping to start.
Let us begin again in the ruins
of what we have wrought.
Let us begin.

IMAGE: “Orchid” by Togyu Okumura (1889-1990).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Robbi Nester is the author of a chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012) and a collection of poems, A Likely Story (Moon Tide Press, 2014). She has also edited an anthology of poems inspired by NPR and PBS stories, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! (Nine Toes Press, 2014) and writes…

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