beaded trout

The ridiculous optimious of the Daffodil

An Interwoven Poem in Two Voices

Voice I

The ridiculous optimism
of the Daffodil
mocking torrential downpours,
relentless rain
Pollyanna yellow
and impudent green
bulletin bursting from this urban corner
A bugle's blast
announcing spring's arrival.

Voice II

This poem is not a speech
Not a tidy manifesto,
Ł with marching orders
Columns of strident syllables
saluting
This is not a soldier&$39;:s battle cry
but a plea, a prayer,
a rally for the soul,
a down-on-my-knees begging chant,
"Come, come,
let's gather together."

Zigi Lowenberg


contents of issue 9

Silver Shower of Stars
Stephanie JT Russell

At the Edge of Drowning
ERika T. Wurth

Swirls
Pennie Opal Plant

Ofi' Tohbi'
Jenny L. Davis

I GIVE YOU THE RIVER
Linda Rodriguez

The Shell Seekers
Susan Deer Cloud

At Water Village
Kimberly Weiser

The ridiculous optimious of the Daffodil
Zigi Lowenberg

Driftlights
Howard Miller

Land of Water
Suha Hassan

Redding Road
Jabez Churchill


Zigi Lowenberg Biography

Zigi Lowenberg is a poet, performer and co-leader in the seminal jazzpoetry ensemble, UpSurge! She currently lives with her husband and creative partner in Harlem and Oakland. More about her @ZigarinaZigi and upsurgejazz.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.