When we introduced our readers to Laurie Lamon in May, we mentioned her “fascination with the closely observed, hauntingly familiar distinctions of our daily lives.”  Here she captures a moment of reverie and respect born of the agreements of summer between neighbors. Once again we are grateful to Laurie Lamon for this chance to watch how she conducts her life with attention to the divinity in details.

 

Privacy

Across the street, Dru
has filled the watering can
and lifts it to the porch
urn of petunias. She pauses
and examines the blossoms,
bends close, without glasses.
We do not wave or call.
The space between us
is like a parable of increase
of silence where the evening
is green and long, hour
for watering, hour for birds
to call back and forth,
divided between separation
and the end of separation.
                                   

Reprinted with permission of the poet.
Photo Credit: Christopher Craig via Flickr.

 

Laurie Lamon’s poems have appeared in journals and magazines including “The Atlantic Monthly,” “The New Republic,” “Ploughshares,” “Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture,” “The Literary Review,” “180 More Extraordinary Poems for Ordinary Days,” edited by Billy Collins,”and others.  Her poetry collections include The Fork Without Hunger, 2005, and  Without Wings, 2009. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and was selected by Donald Hall as a Witter Bynner Fellow in 2007. She is a professor of English at Whitworth University in Spokane.  Ms. Lamon is at work on a collection entitled Over Joy. Visit her website at laurielamon.com