Poems and Texts

“A DAY LIKE TODAY” by Barbara Henning


My love wants to stop by
and suddenly he’s here.
He misses me he says
and he wants to try
again. It’s as if we’ve
been together without
interruption. I want to
believe him and even
though the word of
the day is forestall,
the eggs in the Hawk
nest are high up and
a baby hawk is pecking
its way to daylight.
We hold each other
quietly, then walk
around a big flowering
pear tree at the 8th Street
entrance to the park,
the bodies of the trees
leaning this and that way,
relaxing into darkness,
just as we were
minutes earlier
in the dusk-dim light.

Barbara Henning

Barbara Henning is the author of three novels, seven collections of poetry, four chapbooks and a series of photo-poem pamphlets. Her, most recent books of poetry are A Day Like Today, (Negative Capability Press, forthcoming April 2015), A Swift Passage (Quale Press), Cities and Memory (Chax Press) and a collection of object-sonnets, My Autobiography (United Artists). She is also the editor of Looking Up Harryette Mullen and The Collected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches for writers.com and Long Island University.

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