On the Brink of Tomorrow – a poem by M.J. Iuppa

On the Brink of Tomorrow
                                        Howden Pond, Hamlin NY
Leaning on my cherry-switch walking stick, looking
beyond yellow reeds and pearly everlastings, the pond’s
depth has shrunk, revealing its puckered banks where
belly tracks of beavers have worn a path to their estate
of young poplars that satisfy their hunger, reducing 
trunks to pointed stakes; and at the water’s edge,
floating among the reeds, a few stripped branches
wait to be towed to the old den’s interior. Yet today,
construction isn’t anything more than the wind’s 
ruffling of yellow leaves and the pond’s inky surface.
I am not a reflection here— not a striking shadow,
ready to prove this morning’s geometry— only
a set of eyes, wanting to travel without leaving
home— wanting to be standing here, tomorrow.

M.J. Iuppa’s fourth poetry collection is This Thirst (Kelsay Books, 2017). For the past 32 years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog: mjiuppa.blogspot.com for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew.

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