Welcome to April, also known around here as National Poetry Month!
Every year since 2014, I’ve been featuring a poem (or a poet) a day on my blog during the month of April, and this year I’m excited to be doing it again, to be sharing a variety of poems and poets with you once more.
If you want to see the series from previous years, you may click here for 2014, here for 2015, here for 2016, and here for 2017. Those links will take you to the start of each month’s offerings. Then just click through at the bottom of each page to the next day, and so on. I hope you enjoy them.
This year we’re kicking things off with “Saints Among Us” by Robin Reagler.
Saints Among Us
In the piazza, daylight
praised each of us. We, the seashell. We, the baking brick.
Our eyes wild like salmon leaping
up for sun. And masked
by our dark glasses, we strolled in a bay of shades.
Laundry dripped dry in the Italian afternoon.
Nuns wearing gold wedding bands stared at the pavement as they passed by.
The two-year-old in overalls, a bold hunter of lazy birds, boasted the loudest song.
Without words we came to an agreement:
Let us take comfort in the stories of timely strangers.
Because all roads took us to the same place,
arrows showed us where to go—
to the piazza.
Who were we that afternoon?
As the daytrippers checked their watches and flew away,
the clouds charged madly toward tomorrow.
The churning yearned openly.
Show me, the world kept yelping.
Sunset was showing off again.
Day taught night
all about kissing.
It was as though my eye were a microscope,
and I was truly seeing
after a blinding time.
I could have winked at myself,
so happy to be alive.
Robin Reagler is the author of Teeth & Teeth (Headmistress Press, 2018) and Dear Red Airplane (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011, 2018). Teeth & Teeth is the winner of the Charlotte Mew Prize selected by Natalie Diaz. Dear Red Airplane won the ReBound Series and has been re-issued with a foreword by Laura Mullen.
Reagler’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Pleiades, Iowa Review, Colorado Review, and other journals. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. She serves as the Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and leads the national WITS Alliance. She lives in Houston, Texas.