121. This Day

If this day should be my last,

it has been a satisfaction:

coffee climbing the percolator’s stem,

blue smell of plums,

sunlight fueling an orange.

At dusk, a crow calls and calls my name,

night subtracting its wings.

–Jo McDougall

Jo McDougall lives in Leawood, Kansas. She’s Associate Professor Emeritus of English, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. Author of five books of poetry and two chapbooks, her memoir, Daddy’s Money: a Memoir of Farm and Family, is forthcoming in June 2011 from the University of Arkansas Press.


4 thoughts on “121. This Day

  1. Although I am a tea drinker, I loved the line with “coffee climbing the percolator’s stem”!
    Also so glad I got your book at PSU reading…it is wonderful. Moved me in so many ways and thoughts of it still linger in my mind! Wish my own years at PSU had included your influence….

  2. This piece aptly reminds all of us not to overlook the simple joys in life, to see blessings among the commonplace.

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