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Katrin Talbot


It is now February in a
Northern State

and the garlic chive ghost just
outside the window still
holds its seeds,
even after blizzards, rains,
winds of such unsettling
Like an orphanage, now,
for hard little griefs,
nestled in their paper cradles,
shiny in their resilience,
waiting for the reluctant
release, not yet ready to
settle into an unfurled heart,
drop the pretense of eternity
and get to the work of


© by Katrin Talbot.
Used with the author's permission.



Photo credit: Isabel Karp


Australian-born Katrin Talbot is a violist, photographer, and poet. Her award-winning work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and she is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Falling Asleep at the Circus, and The Devil Orders a  Latte, forthcoming from Fernwood Press. Katrin leaves in the Madison, Wisconsin area, with quite a few chickens. Learn more about her at




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I love the 'orphanage' line as well, so original, as is this lovely poem.
Posted 02/08/2016 09:45 AM
I Love this one! Thank you for sharing.
Posted 02/07/2016 08:38 PM
Shoshauna Shy:
Love that "orphanage for hard little griefs," Katrin!
Posted 02/07/2016 11:27 AM
Lori Levy:
Love the way this poem develops.
Posted 02/07/2016 10:46 AM
Ah yes , Katrina, you've nailed it beautifully..
Posted 02/07/2016 09:47 AM
The "reluctant release" echoes on and on in my thoughts. Thank you.
Posted 02/07/2016 09:44 AM
Larry Schug:
I especially like the last six lines. Makes me wonder if there will be work to do in eternity. I hope so.
Posted 02/07/2016 07:50 AM
Yes! this makes me actually yearn for the northern winters I left for a longer growing season---
Posted 02/07/2016 05:19 AM

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