Classic and Contemporary Poetry
FOR YELLOW VIOLETS, by GLENNYS RIVOLA
First Line: How like a very miracle it seems
Last Line: Weep for the sterile power that is I!
Subject(s): Birth; Flowers; Violets; Child Birth; Midwifery
How like a very miracle it seems
That out of this misshapen, barren heap
Such small and perfect loveliness should leap
To being, like the magic of new dreams.
It is as though a giantess should bring
From out her ugly bulk and shapeless girth
A tiny, perfect, lovely child to birth,
For all the world's amaze and wondering.
How like a miracle! And yet in face
Of all this wonder, all the kindly grace
That gives a hillside flowers for its peace,
I, sad, rebellious, longing for release,
Wandering underneath this quiet sky
Weep for the sterile power that is I!
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