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Dawn Potter: Late April

Once I was a child
ashamed of my small delights,
picking my nose secretly under the rhododendrons

as the scent of spring earth and old cement
spread like the chill breath of the underworld.
Ghosts shimmered on the broken doorstep,

rising through dust to become my own new skin.
I did not imagine a world without ghosts—
nor the end of wonder, dust swept away.

Copyright 2023 Dawn Potter

Dawn Potter is the creative director of the Frost Place Studio Sessions as well as the director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, both associated with Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. Her many books include Accidental Hymn (Deerbrook Editions, 2022).

12 comments on “Dawn Potter: Late April

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    May 17, 2023

    “Ghosts shimmered on the broken doorstep”–ah!✨


  2. Mandy Fessenden Brauer
    May 15, 2023

    This is a wonderful poem about childhood and what happens, unfortunately, as we age.


  3. Dawn Potter
    May 15, 2023

    Gosh, everyone! Thank you so much!


  4. Sydney Lea
    May 15, 2023

    A gem, Dawn!


  5. Barbara Huntington
    May 15, 2023

    This lands so perfectly and leaves such longing


  6. Bosselaar Laure-Anne
    May 15, 2023

    I love her poems too!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. rhoff1949
    May 15, 2023

    Exquisite poem, an evocative watercolor.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      May 15, 2023

      Yes, I like the way she balances the light and shadow.



  8. Sean Sexton
    May 15, 2023

    I adore Dawn Potter and her thoughts in verse!

    Liked by 1 person

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