April Canto
by Lois Marie Harrod

1.

At 5 am there is no song
in the black window.
The stage before the performance
and after.

2.

I want to translate
the cardinal
again,
give his tweets
a crimson feel.

3.

When I wrote
the famous poet,
she did not answer.

4.

What are you
afraid of,
someone
will recognize
your cowardice?

5.

The most difficult
dream
is the one you
believe in.

6.

Forget it,
forget.

7.

I want to be
the mockingbird
that can sing
any song
like the opera diva
who sings musicals
and once on the sidewalk
hip hop.

8.

More of this
tomorrow
when the cardinal
quicks the apple blossoms.

9.

Too early
for love songs.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 2.

Lois Marie Harrod won the Tennessee Chapbook Prize 2012 (Poems & Plays) with her manuscript The Only Is. Her 11th book, Brief Term, poems about teaching, was published by Black Buzzard Press (2011), and her chapbook Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook contest (Iowa State University).

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