Lake Harriet, 2005

Lake Harriet, 2005

March 09, 2021 2 Comments

Karen Kubin's poem "Lake Harriet, 2005" originally appeared in Ruminate's Issue 53: Shelter.

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Lake Harriet, 2005
By Karen Kubin

 

Now the rain 
comes in shards 
breaking the stillness of lake, 

of end-of-myself, 
of mirror, of window hiding 
everything below— 

razor blades of light 
slicing holy, wholly 
through thick air, 

blades I pull in 
through my skin 
and suck ragged into my lungs. 

How many years does it take  
to learn to say I don’t want this, 
or, This is not what I meant? 

Not enough, yet. 
For today there is just this storm, 
the unleashing, 

the words I found the strength to say, 
like, All is bright in this darkness. 
Words like, I want, and I hope, 

and O sharp joy, 
I have been waiting for you 
since I saw clouds gathering on the earliest shore.

 

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Photo by Ravi Pinisetti on Unsplash



2 Responses

Alison McGhee
Alison McGhee

March 11, 2021

I love this poem. So beautiful.

Janet Ruth Heller
Janet Ruth Heller

March 11, 2021

I enjoyed reading “Lake Harriet, 2005.” The tercets work very well, and I like the playfulness with language. Best wishes!

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