If I Could                                                                                   by Brooke Herter James

If I could I would
send you the sound
of brittle birch branches
tapping tiny buds
against my windowpane
this chilly April morning,
the silence of the solitary
bluebird sitting on top
of her nesting box,
the little snorts of the donkeys
as they make their way
around fast disappearing
islands of snow.  I would
send you the sound
of sap dripping
into metal buckets,
of tiny blades of grass
pushing through ice.
Even as the lights are turning
off all over the world 
I would send you
the sound of spring,
its quiet resolve.

Brooke Herter James is the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Widest Eye (Antrim House, 2016) and Spring took the Long Way Around (Antrim House, 2019). Her poems have appeared in PoemTown Vermont as well as the online publications Poets Reading the News and New Verse News.

This poem originally appeared in New Verse News, April 2, 2020.

Editor Katelyn Roth graduated from Pittsburg State University with her Master’s in poetry. Her work has previously appeared online at Silver Birch Press and at Heartland: Poems of Love, Resistance, and Solidarity. She lives, works, and writes in Kansas City.

Advertisement

3 thoughts on “If I Could                                                                                   by Brooke Herter James

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s