Friday, September 12, 2014

Things I Should Know By Now



Expect
rain.

Expect
something spilled
precisely
after mopping.

Expect
seven-year-old
to not have
brushed teeth,
even with several reminders.

Expect
twelve-year-old
to throw garbage bags
“at” outdoor garbage bin
instead of “in” it.

Expect
fourteen-year-old
to fret about being late
worse than
the White Rabbit.

Expect
dirty plates,
empty pizza box
where nineteen-year-old
“chillaxes.”

Expect
rain
again.

Expect
to be loved
despite words
I should not have said
regarding the above.

Expect
all
to repeat.



© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Artistry


Photo © 2014 Jennifer Wagner



artist point
how a mistake can still be
so beautiful


© 2014 Jennifer Wagner


Above is a photo I took this summer at Artist Point in Yellowstone National Park.  The location got its name because it was widely believed that Thomas Moran created a sketch there which he used to create his famous 1872 painting, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  In 1890 photographer F. Jay Hanes published a park guidebook with the name and the title stuck.  The location Moran actually used is now called Moran Point. 

I was trying to convey the essence of that history in the poem, as well as another message which I think has a connection to artistry of any type: poetry, photography, painting, motheringsmilesetc. that, even if it may not be perfect, it can still be pretty beautiful.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Light, Interrupted



In one season
life can

bury
its own color,

cover
every inch of ground

in death
brewed from

an age-old
malady,

leave the path covered
with the skyjacked shadows

of nearly
three thousand

who died from the spread
of the disease—

but as shadows
are

light interrupted,
they are not then, nor now,

light forgotten.



© 2014 Jennifer Wagner