This morning I tried to scrape the ice and snow off of my car with a plastic knife. It was slow going, and my knuckles were cold! A man jumped out of his truck, came over to my car with a very large scraper and brush, and in less than 5 minutes had my car cleaned off. He said he was from Ontario.
So he was today's angel.
I'm looking at the new poems from New Harmony, and finding some of them a bit harsh. My friend Laurel from Indiana approved of this one, though, so I'll post it first. It's a pantoum, and it's a draft. A pantoum is a Malaysian form modernized by the French symbolists, and even more so by contemporary American poets.
"Weather" in Indiana means that the conditions are right for extreme events, storms, tornadoes, floods. We're going to have weather, watch out!
APOLOGIES TO THE WABASH
It's not pretty, we agree--some do drown here.
The Wabash wields forgetting, in harmony
with the Garonne. Grey, swift-flowing. You
don't mess with this current unless you're serious.
Here the Wabash wields forgetting, grey sister
to the Garonne and the Tennessee.
Seriously, don't mess with this current,
not unless you're wild as Hoosier weather.
The Garonne, the Tennessee, sister rivers,
flow thick with debris,
messy on fair days or mad Hoosier weather,
sludged mirrors of our swallowing and spitting.
Grey, swift-flowing, no Garonne.
It's not pretty, people, on that we agree.
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.