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Poem of the Week by Khimm Graham

By Khimm Graham

We measure spring in chaste moon phases.

Sunlight traces May Day,

Mother’s blooms of blue hydrangea,

pink azalea, baskets blessed to celebrate

And resurrect a Savior’s grace

opens minds, river, and lake –

Unraveling our winter souls

from down cocoons – khaki and gray

Packed away in cedar chests,

nests of frozen grass and Irish stew.

Then ice boom lifts

our vernal eyes and dormant hearts

To festivals of hedonism –

voyeurism, artful dance, shorter pants

and painted toes delight

the womb of Erie nymphs

and water babies – Boom!

Poet and prose writer KHIMM GRAHAM lives in West Seneca. This poem was written for a past Buffalo “Boom Days” celebration marking the removal of the ice boom from the easternmost end of Lake Erie and the arrival of spring in Western New York.

Poetry Submissions: The poems printed in the GustoSunday section of The Buffalo News are selected by R.D. Pohl. Poems should be sent to:

R.D. Pohl,

P.O. Box 641

Buffalo, N.Y. 14225

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