Noah Warren Milkweed poetr y The summer morning, the exploding front, the rain a wall falling-- glass, the skylight aches; bitter thunder grinds; and the thin leaves, the tender skin of the clearing, shake in seizure-- One stalk of milkweed jerks left and right, is twisted down, blown upright, bitten, blind thing, on and on, by the swarm of bullets: then in the lull he sways. In his pods, molecule by molecule, smokecolored silk thickens, the only food of the monarchs, wandering rags. Flood Roofs yawn open to the sky, which is smooth, silky, hot and a weak blue again. The crown of the oak bows into the water. Pouring from a hole in the center of the sky, light flattens onto motionless water. The light presses rungs of cloud into the mirror. My boat drifts over a house. The sky darkens, the flood darkens. Ten yards off a little splash-- the moon floats from the water, round, dripping. Thick glow fills the boat to its gunwales, and the boat sinks slowly to the house-- 120 THE MIS SOURI RE V IE W / Fa ll 2 015 If We Are to Go Forward Don't let your shoulders
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 10, 2015
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