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Carol Frost: Now Soon

Father and mother time to rise up put away the dark

give back to him more than he can ever use give what is

not his to have what he never knew he knows and all he feels

father and mother somewhere he hasn’t forgotten you

rainlight builds fizzling changing and he no longer follows

when the present speaks tell him family lore who said leave no

tern unstoned dragged him from bed early tender dawn to fish

sexist racist but nothing worse in the scheme of things and

I am lost to him if not now soon it cannot go without

saying all are leaving dear mother father dear

with warm looks lullaby and lead us back to oncetime hills 

treetops a bough broken and we are home fallen home.

Copyright 2022 Carol Frost

Carol Frost teaches poetry and directs Winter with the Writers at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Frost is the author of numerous collections, including Alias City published by MadHat Press.

8 comments on “Carol Frost: Now Soon

  1. Patty McMillen
    September 5, 2022

    Love this, Carol. Haven’t read you much since you were in Oneonta NY but glad to see you now at my sister’s alma mater in Winter Park!


  2. Mary B Moore
    September 5, 2022

    Beautiful and I too love the breathless, stopless pour of it but am sorry it may reflect a harsh reality.


    • Vox Populi
      September 5, 2022

      I think you’re right. The reality is harsh in the poem.



  3. John Zheng
    September 5, 2022

    Oh My. Has to finish reading in one sitting till the period punctuates the stop. Nice!


    • Vox Populi
      September 5, 2022

      Yes, I’m breathless by the last line.



      • Jacqueline Gens
        November 1, 2022

        That’s the Projective Verse of Charles Olson
        who introduced the line determined by breath
        Not always punctuation, meter, or traditonal forms–


  4. Sean Sexton
    September 5, 2022

    Very sweet! Makes me miss you as I read you. I hope to see you soon


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