Web Extras: “Cold June Rain,” a Poem by Ross Thurber

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape, Web Exclusives

Ross Thurber does farm chores at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Ross Thurber does farm chores at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Ross Thurber and his family are featured in the article, “One Day This Will All Be Yours,” which appears in our Summer 2015 issue. A poet, Ross wanted to share this piece with our readers. We hope you enjoy.

Cold June Rain
By Ross Thurber

Why wait for the gloaming
or a still water dirge
when the pasture is here
and the brook runs swift
under a witch hazel.
Ferns breach the ground
by the fistful offering
up green and prehistoric bouquets.

Thoughts, any thoughts
streak with dace
upstream in a light
before there was a light.
My heart’s completely covered
in moss- it bleats and nudges
like a nursing lamb.
My chest is a cavity
for nesting.

Our passage is waiting
in a black locust that fell
across the hay mowing,
moored by a single root
in the green lapping forage.

The blooming tree oars
across the field.
A dory full of white petals.
A wake of honeyed air
settles into the valley.

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