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Evening Chore
DreamSeeker Poetry Series 3

Poems by Shari Wagner


Evening Chore 13

I

A Cappella 17
Inheritance 20
The Farm Wife Ruminates on Cows 22
The Farm Wife Sells Her Cows 23
The Blessing 24
Rook 25
Second Language 28
The Compound 30
Family Tree 32
The Dog that Disappeared in a Storm
And Never Came Back 33
His Silence 35

II

At Dawn in the Subdivision 39
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife 41
The Gathering 43
The Birders of Cool Creek Park 45
If It’s Bones You Want, 46
Carp 48
Cork Carving 51
Sea Turtles 53
Little One 54

III

Covered Bridge 59
The Isle of Iona 61
Mahalia 63
Amish Farm with Girl 64
The House of the Deaf Woman
And the Belfry at Eragny 65
The Garden 67
Persephone 68
Psyche 69
The Miller’s Wife 70
The Farmer’s Wife 72
Diana of the Dunes 74

IV

The Grief of This World 79

V

The Sunken Gardens 87
The Pulley 89
Teaching My Nephew
To See His Own Shadow 90
The Bears of Kalamazoo 91
Working the Graves 92
Pisgah Road 94
Cedar Chest 95
The Thief 96
Convergence 98
West Baden Springs Hotel 101
Shoes 103
James Dean’s Grave 104
Benediction at Shore Cemetery 106

Acknowledgments 107
The Author 108


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04/19/09