Pin It

Poem: Spelling Lesson 

You ask me how to spell shovel.
S like a snake you know, O also
an easy one.
H stops you.
I say, “A line and a line and a line
in the middle like in your name.
E? The first letter in your name,
remember?”
Back and forth we go, me thinking
how easy it is when everything exists
as an extension of yourself, in relation
to your name only instead of a shovel
being a shovel

cold, hard, heavy tool used for digging holes
that each of us must fill.
That’s the hard part.

Speaking of...

  • Poetry is edited by Philip Levine.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Beacon Second Saturday @ Downtown Beacon

Beacon Second Saturday

Second Saturday of every month — The BAUsters have something special this month - the celebration of...

View all of today's events

Latest in Poetry

Hudson Valley Tweets