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Accord: A poem by Gary Margolis

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Posted on December 15, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Accord

Pleasant, isn’t it, December’s January

thaw? The snow that isn’t here, sand and salt

still mountains in the town’s bins. Tire

 

chains hanging on the walls. Our road

commissioner sleeping in. My neighbor

mowing his confusing lawn. In March

 

I’m sure we’ll keep arguing what’s causing

this, the geese not knowing to go south

or north, whether to vote the apple buds

 

to blossom, to use the word premature

before we need more evidence what season

is stuck in the mud we used to curse

 

some years in May. When we thought

we should have been done with shovels

and chains, sand thrown under a tire

 

and straw votes trying to see who believed

what about what was happening to the world

and why. How, after disagreeing as strong

 

as neighbors can, we could talk about the weather

again, the natives call our after-meeting-pleasantries,

we could walk out into the snow and rain.

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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