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This Time
Cathryn Cofell

This is the forever day,
the one you want to hold in your pocket
like a lucky penny,
when you leap out of bed before sunrise
and throw those curtains open anyway
to face that dark sky fading
because it is fading, because
even on a cloudy morning the sunís glow
is certain to come smack at you.
This is the forever moment,
the one you crawled on all fours to find
like a lost contact lens,
when you snap in place that last jigsaw
and stand back to see those 500 pieces†
of blue making a brilliant field of chicory,
because it is brilliant, because
even when this moment winters
it is certain to come back around.
This is the forever family,
the one you lit on flickering faith
like a charm of candles,
when you unfold three sets of hands
and they slide together and hold
and even if a storm breaks they hold,
because life is stormy, because
even in the worst of downpours
this certain love will comfort you.

From Sweet Curdle(March River Editions).
This poem first appeared in From This Height a Better View.
Used here with the author's permission.

Cathryn†Cofellis a Wisconsin poet who has made most of her limited fortune in the non-profit sector and is a sucker for a good cause, meaning she's easy prey for a needy arts, social justice or mental health organization (no phone calls, please). She has six chapbooks and a music/poetry CD to her name, includingKamikaze Commotion, a fitting descriptor for her poetic style, personality, and parenting prowess. Youíll find her poetry in places like†North American Review, NY QuarterlyandMead; learn more about her at†

Post New Comment:
Maryann Hurtt:
What a great wake up on a gray morning poem...thank you, Cathryn!
Posted 11/17/2012 09:01 AM
I add my "Bravo!" to this long list.
Posted 11/16/2012 08:04 PM
Linda Muldoon:
November can be so gray and steely. Thank you for the burst of sun and candle.
Posted 11/15/2012 11:35 AM
wow. sweet. yes. thank you.
Posted 11/15/2012 10:20 AM
This one got to me. Thanks, Cathryn.
Posted 11/15/2012 10:06 AM
Another good one, Cathy. Thanks.
Posted 11/15/2012 10:01 AM
Janet Leahy:
The forever moments held close, wonderful poem, thanks Cathy.
Posted 11/15/2012 09:56 AM
Ralph Murre:
You keep showing how it's done, Cathy, and yet we can't ever quite get it, can't ever quite write that way. And believe me, we want to.
Posted 11/15/2012 09:46 AM
Thanks Cathryn. Terrific poem. I, too, opened the blinds to darkness and waited knowing the sun would come smack at me. It did.
Posted 11/15/2012 09:10 AM
Gary Busha:
Good use of specific examples. It's through the detail that we see a bigger picture. A fine poem.
Posted 11/15/2012 08:07 AM
Posted 11/15/2012 07:50 AM
Yes!"This is the forever day." A poem to post where I'll see every day. Thanks, Cathy.
Posted 11/15/2012 07:35 AM
ed werstein:
Just watched the sun rise up from Lake Michigan and come smack at me. Great work, Cathryn.
Posted 11/15/2012 07:33 AM
perfect words to start my day...thanks, Cathy.
Posted 11/15/2012 07:18 AM
Wow from me also. Like a train charging, especially when I realized where it was going. The three sets of hands is very nice. Good timing the week before Thanksgiving Day. I would like to write such a Thanksgiving poem.
Posted 11/15/2012 06:15 AM
Love it. Thanks, Cathy.
Posted 11/15/2012 06:15 AM
It's 5 AM, cold and dark. Even my dog refuses to get up. But I've read your poem and am ready for the day. A lovely piece.
Posted 11/15/2012 05:36 AM
Wow, oh wow, Cathy! Cheers, Mandi
Posted 11/15/2012 05:34 AM
Beautiful work
Posted 11/15/2012 05:28 AM

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