Three Poems

by June Jordan

Drizzle spills soft air

jasmine smothering a storm

darkness surrounds me
Bay waters rolling

birds glide above broken rocks

I am not alone
Trumpet vine sneaks in

dressing up the window screen

tendrils wreck the wall

from The Collected Poems, Directed by Desire (Copper Canyon Press, 2007)

Jordan was a poet, teacher, and activist. She traveled the word doing all three. Her poetry ranges similarly, including sonnets, tanka, free verse, blues, and the occasional haiku, among other forms. 

Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Saturday and Sunday, Stacey will be selecting TODs from the archives of past postings. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like. It will be good for you, good for poets, and order from your local community bookstore and it will be good for them too.