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Loss of a Poet


The teakettle sings,

toast springs,

I sit with a pen,

stare through the window.


A possum appears

from under the fence.

Two dogs bark.

A rainbow arcs over

strings of houses

like beads on a chain.


A headline above the fold,

like a row of ballerinas on a stage,

lures my eyes.


Poet Maya Angelou Dead at 86


She believed dance

is the closest form of art to poetry –

balance, precision, pirouettes.


My thoughts slope

on a page, words

stumble, fall. So I

lift a cup of tea,

go outside, watch

the clouds, imagine

Angelou’s words

pulling me apart,

forming lines of metaphors,

balanced in the blue.


— t. l. cummings

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