Poetry

Unbudgably Yours

Samuel Hazo

Summering in Pennsylvania
  and wintering in Florida
      would give me two addresses.
I’ve long since settled for one
      and call it home.

                                          I shovel
my way through driveway snow,
unbox a hat I hate
to wear and struggle into gloves
I should have thrown away
five years ago.

                                          I know
      that trees are slumbering in place,
      that grass stays hidden under lawns
      of snow, that roots and bulbs
      await a warmer reveille.
I let the chiller mornings
      help me reach the resurrection
      of a greener life when I can
      waken to enjoy the pleasure
      I deserve for earning April.

Samuel Hazo is author of many books of poems, as well as fiction, essays, and plays. He is founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh and McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University.
Originally published:
January 1, 2019

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