Poet Terry House will be a featured reader in Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio’s first reading in our 2019 winter poetry series. Come in from the cold on Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m. to hear Terry House, Susan Edwards Richmond, and Lynne Viti present their poetry of nature and community. Then stay for refreshments and conversation. Happy February!
(St. Valentine’s Day)
by Terry House
Two red-tailed hawks ride a winter thermal
Above the cul-de-sac.
Grey underbellies spangled black,
They appear a matched set, indistinguishable
From our earthbound angle.
Though neither of us here below
Can claim in truth to know their story,
We, nevertheless, stand with shaded gaze
And wrestle an ancient, anthropomorphic longing
To read within their apparent pattern of
Part, reel, reunite
An aerial pas-de-deux;
A minuet of touch and distance.
And so I propose,
In honor of this bleak occasion on
The downslope side of a cold, cold season,
We cast reason to the wind and give
Full sway to folly: Let us pretend
They are in love, pretend just for today,
They are –
As we once dreamed we’d be –
Enraptured, forever dancing.
Terry House is an educator, poet, and arts reviewer. Her work has appeared in publications including The Berkshire Review; The Anthology of New England Writers; and Birdsong: Poems in Celebration of Birds, in which "Two Hawks (St. Valentine's Day)" was first published.