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A Rhythmic Respite
Joan Kantor

New England, January 2019

Sub-zero weather
with its erratic
body-slamming winds
has been pushed aside
by warmth
and the steady thrum of rain
melting snow and ice

Drops endlessly fall
then quickly disappear
into splashes and outspreading circles
on a thin sheet of water
rapidly flowing
its ripples rolling across the blacktop
to the hollow-metallic-echoing pulse
of a temporary river unleashed
boisterously rushing
beneath a cast iron grate
at the curb

No longer afraid
of skidding
into an uncontrolled fall
in hooded rain-jacket and rubber boots
I joyfully walk-dance instead
rhythmically stomping my feet
  and snapping my fingers
          to the tip-tapping beat
                       of tiny liquid drumsticks
                                                      on my head

© by Joan Kantor.
Used here with the author's permission.


Joan Kantor lives with her husband in Collinsville, Connecticut.  A college counselor and learning disabilities specialist for many years, Joan also has training in education and marriage and family therapy. Active in a number of poetry outreach efforts, she is a member of the International Academy for Poetry Therapy and collaborates with both visual artists and musicians in Stringing Words Together, an interactive program of poetry and violin music. Her most recent chapbook is Too Close For Comfort (Aldrich Press).





Post New Comment:
Linda Lee Konichek:
Great details and images!
Posted 01/13/2020 08:09 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the "tiny liquid drumsticks."
Posted 01/12/2020 09:01 PM
michael escoubas:
Joan, you have given lucky readers an "experience" of a January day. Vivid language and sounds. Thank you.
Posted 01/12/2020 12:46 PM
Glen Sorestad:
I know and appreciate those "body-slamming winds", Joan. Nicely done.
Posted 01/12/2020 10:29 AM
Our sub-zero weather needs to be pushed aside this January 2020 here in Wyoming.
Posted 01/12/2020 10:22 AM

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