Grape Hyacinths Chosen for contrast, set against the scalloped tongues of jonquils and the hay-green grass, they most resemble ceramic thimbles in pitted glaze or jeweled parasols pressed up- wards attempting to fend off a mid-April sun. But more than that, I think, is how they bring heaven so much closer to us, bearing the simple miracle of a cloudless sky within their tiny urns and pouring all of it across the earth in a luminous spill of purple-blue quiver.
A resident of Connecticut, John Muro’s first volume of poems, In the Lilac Hour, was published in 2020 by Antrim House. His second volume, Pastoral Suite, will be published this spring by Antrim House, as well, and both are or will soon be available on Amazon. A two-time, 2021 Pushcart Prize nominee, John’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Barnstorm, Euphony, Grey Sparrow, Penumbra, River Heron and Sky Island.