Poetry Month: Day Sixteen

I read today’s poem in the December 2009 issue of Poetry and it stuck with me, but its stickiness is not why I picked it. It was chosen because when I looked up its writer, Jill Alexander Essbaum, to learn more about who crafted this delightful nugget, the first thing to come up was a Wikipedia article describing her as “a Christian erotic poet,” and I thought that was just about the greatest distinction I’d ever encountered.

Poem
A clementine
Of inclement climate
Grows tart.

A crocus
Too stoic to open,
Won’t.

Like an oyster
That cloisters a spoil of pearls,
Untouched—

The heart that’s had
Enough
Stays shut.
Image: Poets & Artists July 2011

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