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.
3 thoughts on “If I Could by Brooke Herter James”
Beauty and quiet power–well done.
I really love the strength of the imagery in this poem – well done!
Lovely use of the sense of sound.