Poem of the Fortnight–on a Bus!
This year the Austin Poetry Society sponsored a contest, Poetry With Wheels, asking for poems that will appear on placards in Austin Capital Metro buses. I submitted so long ago I had forgotten what poem I sent, but today I received notice that my poem, “December Walk with Neruda,” was selected and will appear on buses next April. The email says: “Over 70 poets submitted a total of 314 poems to be judged, and only twenty have been selected as winners of the contest.” Naturally I’m thrilled to have been selected, but won’t keep you waiting until April (or expect you to ride a bus).
It was inspired by Pablo Neruda poems Gary and I read to each other after seeing the film “Il Postino” (soon after we were married and still read poetry to each other) and on my walks around Austin’s Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake).
December Walk with Neruda
dappled words of agate, quartz and wheat—
a moment outside time.
River shimmer shatters vision,
double sun draws radiance
into dark water—
I could drown