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Tomorrow & Tomorrow &
CJ Muchhala


The sloth of winter
creeps in its lugubrious pace from day to barren day
& all our yesterdays have dimmed to dusk
within our snow-bound brains.  
Come out, wan sun!
Stay a little longer, wax a little stronger  
till grimy snow relinquishes its place  
to seed or bud & Earth becomes  
a vivid green lit up with birdsong.
Then life will once more strut onstage, a vibrant tale  
told by a toddler splashing through spring  
puddles, full of giggles & discoveries,
signifying joy.

© by CJ Muchhala.
Used with the author's permission.


CJ Muchhala lives in Shorewood,Wisconsin near Lake Michigan, but maintains a getaway on the Wisconsin River. Her poetry, fiction, and children's stories have been published in a variety of online and print journals, anthologies, and art/poetry exhibits. When she's not writing, CJ says she enjoys gardening "using the 'benign neglect theory," and baking bread "following the 5-minute method."



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Wilda Morris:
Wonderful take-off from a classic, but with a very contemporary sound. I love the toddler in the puddle - such a cheerful end!
Posted 03/05/2021 10:44 PM
Makes me want to find a puddle to splash in myself.
Posted 03/02/2021 08:04 AM
What a wonderful range of moods, and a promising finish!
Posted 03/01/2021 10:20 PM
Joanne Durham:
Loved this - how you transformed the tragedy of Macbeth into the joy of the toddler. It makes me more hopeful about our tomorrows.
Posted 03/01/2021 08:38 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the contrast between the sloth of winter and the final stanza.
Posted 03/01/2021 02:19 PM
What a joy to read for a lover of Shakespeare and poetry. ~ Doris Bezio
Posted 03/01/2021 12:11 PM
Smiled at that last stanza. Hmm. Wonder where you got that idea from? Randy
Posted 03/01/2021 10:14 AM
So much word choice perfection & precise imagery truly captured the moment: the sloth of (particularly, this past) winter & the hope of brighter days. A truly great poem! Thank you.
Posted 03/01/2021 09:31 AM
A great poem for the first day of March.
Posted 03/01/2021 08:58 AM
Janet Leahy:
Wonderful opening line "the sloth of winter" it has been a long long winter . .. and the toddler closes the poem with giggles, what a joy to read. Thank you CJ.
Posted 03/01/2021 08:39 AM
Fun! Love the playful take on a portentous Shakespeare soliloquy.
Posted 03/01/2021 08:21 AM
Her poems display a craftsmanship that enhances the message.
Posted 03/01/2021 08:17 AM
Yes! The toddler line at the end is so joyous!
Posted 03/01/2021 06:04 AM
Nice! Love the toddler line.
Posted 03/01/2021 05:09 AM

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