Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: Which Make no Difference and Of Warm Rain’s Reminder

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: Which Make no Difference and Of Warm Rain’s Reminder

WHICH MAKES NO DIFFERENCE and OF WARM RAIN’S REMINDER from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under The Same Moon, anticipate the season of spring.

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel Which Make no Difference and Of Warm Rain's Reminder

Misty morning at Swifts Creek. Photo credit: wikipedia


Languishing beneath
The rain of spring’s laborious
March out of the ground –

Across blade, along bud, astride bloom –

Which makes no difference
To the sun behind a brumous blindfold,
Keeping shadows captive –

Yours, mine, his and hers, so all of ours –

The shape and shade of love
Held hostage through
Frost, freeze, and pluvious thaw.


The cold wind’s

Against windows which

Into the thick bark of time
Cracked open by ages of ice

Revealing tree rings
Abutting others
So closely
They must mark
Mere moments
I held
Your sure sun
In defiance
Of winters
Lasting far more
Than their
Fair share

Leaving me to wait behind,
To watch through frosted glass

In anticipation of warm rain’s

We must believe in

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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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