Poems & Essays

22 Apr

Regarding a Son Going to College

General/Column No Response

Though summer is still new,
it cooled down overnight
so this morning’s dew
on the long grass by the barn
looks like frost,
like prophecy.

From the brown thrasher’s nest
in the kiwi vine, twining
the porch post, chack, chack, chack
as loud and regulated
as the tick-tocks of any clock
counting down,
some sounds from her,
some from her fledglings,
newly hatched. In a few weeks
her nest will be empty, too.

 

 

Daye Phillippo is a graduate of Purdue University and Warren Wilson MFA for Writers. She is the recipient of a Mortarboard Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Grant, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship for poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Literary Mama, Shenandoah, Chariton Review, Great Lakes Review, Natural Bridge, Presence, and many others. She teaches English at Purdue University and lives with her husband in a creaky, old farmhouse on twenty rural acres in Indiana.

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