Affinity – a poem by Janet Krauss

Lately I listen to the wind sleep at night.
Its stillness outside my window helps
me slip unawares into the lap  of oblivion.
The earth stretches towards the moon
but cannot reach it. The earth
is always spinning while the moon
circles around  and helps the tides 
keep the faith-- recede  and return 
to give us something to depend upon.
Crabs wait for moonlight to expand
over the sand so they can hurry 
as if they were trying to hide a secret
but  didn’t care, hurry to the edge 
of the water to lay their eggs, then 
scurry back unnoticed to the swamp.
Lately I listen for the smile that appears
unawares when I read a poem that needs
no light to leave its message.

Janet Krauss, who has two books of poetry published, “Borrowed Scenery,” Yuganta Press, and “Through the Trees of Autumn,” Spartina Press, has recently retired from teaching English at Fairfield University. Her mission is to help and guide Bridgeport’s  young children through her teaching creative writing, leading book clubs and reading to and engaging a kindergarten class. As a poet, she co-directs the poetry program of the Black Rock Art Guild

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