Poet's Household by Carolyn Kizer

The stout poet tiptoes
On the lawn. Surprisingly limber
In his thick sweater
Like a middle-age burglar.
Is the young robin injured?

She bends to feed the geese
Revealing the neck’s white curve
Below her curled hair.
Her husband seems not to watch,
But she shimmers in his poem.

A hush is on the house,
The only noise, a fern,
Rustling in a vase.
On the porch, the fierce poet
Is chanting words to himself.

by Carolyn Kizer

Other poems by 'Carolyn Kizer'

A Song for Muriel

American Beauty

Cultural Evolution

Days of 1986

Fearful Women

Mud Soup

On a Line From Valery

On a Line from Valery (The Gulf War)

Parent's Pantoum

Reunion