National Poetry Month: April 20th

“What horror to awake at night” by Lorine Niedecker

What horror to awake at night
And in the dimness see the light.
        Time is white
        mosquitoes bite
I’ve spent my life on nothing.
.
The thought that stings.  How are you, Nothing,
Sitting around with Something’s wife.
        Buzz and burn
        is all I learn
I’ve spent my life on nothing.
.
I’m pillowed and padded, pale and puffing
Lifting household stuffing–
        carpets, dishes
        benches, fishes
I’ve spent my life in nothing.

This poem was selected by Rick K. (Children’s Librarian)

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