Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Thrown Out

Helen Losse

for Alice

How many times has the wind sung
new verses to our old, familiar choruses;

we have seen only the clouds
and misread the signs?

We seek peace in a mirror. And looking,
when we should have been listening,

missed prophetic thunder
in the blackening of trees.

But new birth accents the possible,
disguised in the wetness of a soft, cleansing rain.

There are evergreens already,
birds singing—low in the brush.

Yet how many nights
have we slept on old, cotton sheets,

clinging to comfortable tintypes,
content with the smaller of joys?

The time has come
to throw out spoiled milk.


Helen Losse’s poetry appears in Mastodon Dentist, Right Hand Pointing, Adagio Verse Quarterly, The Centrifugal Eye, Blue Fifth Review, JMWW, The Wild Goose Poetry Review, and ForPoetry. Her first chapbook, Gathering the Broken Pieces, is available from FootHills Publishing. Losse's newly published chapbook, Paper Snowflakes, is available from Southern Hum Press.

© Helen Losse

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