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Mary Jane White: Why, Friend, With Surprise and Awe

you have made me tender to the world
again, tender to twigs,
and to the fire just leaping
on the grate, tender to friends again,
and to people, all, sad or able,

who formerly made me impatient
and hard. I weep easily and often
now for the world. I leak. I leak
like the broken stem of a plant. Daily,
you break more of me, good

gardener, pruning. And you do this
with no hope, and then with a little hope.


Copyright 2021 Mary Jane White

Mary Jane White is an attorney and poet. Her new collection of poems  Dragonfly. Toad. Moon. will be released in April 2022 from Press 53.

4 comments on “Mary Jane White: Why, Friend, With Surprise and Awe

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    November 16, 2021

    That first line❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rose Mary Boehm
    November 8, 2021

    I recognize that moment of vulnerability. “you have made me tender to the world
    again,” A gentle, beautiful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      November 8, 2021

      yes, I love the gentle lyricism of this poem. I can’t decide whether it is a prayer or a love poem.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    November 8, 2021

    Beautiful. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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