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Poetry Friday – The Collected Works of Susan Ramsey


Why It Didn’t Work


It had seemed a reasonable idea,

     to paint herself as this modest tributary


in late March, frozen, but flowing under the ice.

     A crumbling bridge, some discreet graffiti


underneath, not easy to see but enough to forestall

     criticisms of prettiness, to suggest disruption, tension.


But subtle, subtle.  She had it all roughed in

     by the end of the first day and went to bed happy.


It rained all night.  By noon a flotilla

     of moon colored floes was collapsing


over the millrace like clubbed swans,

      dunked, roiled, bobbing up downriver trailing


long streamers of foam as they slammed

   into the jagged mass jamming the bridge,


rammed constantly from behind,

     nowhere ahead to go but over the falls.

(Rhino online)

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About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.