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.

-------------

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.

 

-------------

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!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up. We don't allow comments that are disrespectful or personally attack our blog writers.


Also in Ruminate Magazine

Interview with our 2022 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize judge, Morgan Talty
Interview with our 2022 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize judge, Morgan Talty

December 20, 2021

An interview between Ruminate’s fiction co-editors, Joe Truscello and Emily Woodworth, and Morgan Talty, the judge for the 2022 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize.

Read More

Issue 61: Beginnings and Endings Reader's Notes
Issue 61: Beginnings and Endings Reader's Notes

November 10, 2021

Read More

Labyrinth
Labyrinth

November 03, 2021

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh's visual art "Labyrinth" appears in Issue No. 61: Beginnings and Endings.

Read More