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Triibute Poem
Anne Higgins


Praise for late sleeping day,
waking up without alarm,
for corkscrews,
corkscrew call of
yellowing lustful goldfinches,
opposable thumbs,
lusciously plush perfume
of viburnum
blooming in the woods
just now
just now.

From Digging for God (Wipf and Stock, 2010).
Used with the author’s permission.


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Anne Higgins teaches English at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She is a member of the Daughters of Charity, a religious congregation she joined at the age of thirty, and she has Amish and Mennonite connections through her maternal grandparents. A passionate birder and flower gardener, Anne is the author of five books and a two year cancer survivor. Learn more about her at


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'viburnum fragrans' - that's the clue. What do your baby chicks eat, Jayne? My canaries eat daffodil petals like lettuce leaves. I think it supplements their pigment. These Godfinches conjure butter out of thin air . . .
Posted 04/19/2011 03:28 PM
nice poem! I wrote a poem entitled "Waking Without Alarm," so it's interesting to see that line in your poem. Great minds think alike!
Posted 04/19/2011 10:07 AM
Wow! Very nice!
Posted 04/19/2011 08:23 AM

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