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Sarah Russell


Late afternoon in the valley, the trees
wear halos.  Then twilight steals the sun,
kitchen lights blink on like stars,
and coming home is a sigh
and the smile of someone waiting. 
Your day is told in half sentences
and nods and questions answered --
nothing new, but new enough to tell again. 
After supper, after gin rummy and pages
turning and the rhythmic click of a sweater
growing row by row, bed greets you
like a childhood friend, and sleep
keeps company with the blue black sky
and the owl's whispered flight.

From I Lost Summer Somewhere, forthcoming from Kelsey Press in 2019.
Used with the author's permission.

Sarah Russell lives in Denver, Colorado with a patient husband and a curly dog named Smudge. She’s the author of two poetry collections—I Lost Summer Somewhere and Today and Other Seasons, and blogs at When she isn’t writing, she gardens, knits, and cheers on her nine grandchildren.



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Sarah Russell:
Thanks, Everyone!
Posted 10/11/2018 09:56 AM
Lori Levy:
Soothing, beautiful.
Posted 10/10/2018 08:13 PM
Thank you Sarah for a poem rich in contemplative images. This is home as one would like home to be!
Posted 10/10/2018 03:11 PM
Lovely poem.
Posted 10/10/2018 11:47 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love Sarah Russell poems because they capture my heart. The writing is excellent, the imagery exquisite and picturesque and the language beautiful.
Posted 10/10/2018 09:37 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
You are such a good poet. Someone to be influenced by....
Posted 10/10/2018 09:36 AM
"Coming home is a sigh and a smile…" How absolutely true and beautiful. Thank you Sarah.
Posted 10/10/2018 07:47 AM
So comforting and sweet. Oh, that all homes could be as peaceful.
Posted 10/10/2018 07:39 AM

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