Six Poems


I need to write six poems.

Six packets filled with something deep, or

In any case, something that will keep

Into the new year. 


Something that will carry forward

Something of this year,

Enriching the new year with this year’s matter—

Six somethings, poems, that years from now

When the shadows will crawl

Ever so slowly

Upon the nursing home floor,

Will be there to give me

Six warm embraces.


--December 29, 2013