2 December 2002 | Vol. 2, No. 4

A Last Reminder

Last day of winter won't disappoint. Rain one degree from the gentleness of snow rides the added chill of March wind bruising skin blue, or red, dreary, dismal. Olson called it dour. You'd have to be touched to want 70 degrees, & giddiness. Give us all a last reminder of how we're going to spend the bulk of our days. Pretty dark down there, & dank. Out there in the distance at the tip of the Hull peninsula, the new-age windmill is a single prop-engine ready to take off, but the sky above & behind it is pure Dutch, pure Jacob van Ruisdael. This sea's not as rough as his rough seas, but the clouds are as good as his nautical views, matching even the best ones, those premonitory clouds of The Jewish Cemetery. Tomorrow at 2:16 in the afternoon at the equinox we can smile a smile of glee & optimism, but until then let's stay in the character of the season.

About the author:

Robert Gibbons is the author of three full-length books of prose poems. New work is online in Istanbul Literature Review and Jacket, and is forthcoming in Ars Interpres (Sweden) and Wheelhouse. He is Poetry and Fiction Editor of Janus Head.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Robert Gibbons at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 2, No. 4, where "A Last Reminder" ran on December 2, 2002. List other work with these same labels: poetry, prose poem.

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