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Opening Night
Jan Chronister


Cowslips in ditches
ready to bloom,
crisp new currency of Spring.

Amphibians jam,
frogs tune up
on fern French horns.

Slim glimmer of moon,
edge of silver sequin
on evening's gown.

Stage curtained
with Northern Lights,
a limited engagement.

From Duluth: Zenith City and Beyond (Poetry Harbor, 2023).
Used with permission.


Jan Chronister, now retired from teaching writing, is the author of three full-length poetry collections and nine chapbooks; the latest are The Book of Eunice, about her mother, and Land of Cotton, Land of Snow, the fourth in her annual series of "year in review" chapbooks. Gardening keeps Jan "grounded", as she puts it, and often provides inspiration for her poems. Jan and her husband of 50+ years divide their time between far north Wisconsin and South Georgia.


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Love the 'limited engagement' close. Gorgeous poem.
Posted 03/20/2024 02:40 AM
Wonderfully worded in such a way that I had to imagine and picture what you had described and when I did, there it was! Thank you so much for sharing your talent for metaphoric word play!
Posted 03/18/2024 09:24 PM
Joan Luther:
Love the last stanza
Posted 03/18/2024 06:07 PM
Lori Levy:
Very creative.
Posted 03/18/2024 04:33 PM
Beautiful! Marilyn Z. Windau
Posted 03/18/2024 01:06 PM
Posted 03/18/2024 10:59 AM
Wonderful third stanza, Jan!
Posted 03/18/2024 08:30 AM
Thank you. When I read this, I got a great big visual image from a very few words. Well done.
Posted 03/18/2024 08:15 AM
What delightful images! Welcome, Spring!
Posted 03/18/2024 08:10 AM
Yes, that fourth stanza is a stunner. Spring at night might be even more glorious than day.
Posted 03/18/2024 08:06 AM
Larry Schug:
How we all long for such a display of nature especially here in Minnesota where the forecast is for snow. What I really like is that there are no humans in this poem.
Posted 03/18/2024 07:51 AM
Oh, Jan, your poem is wonderful. Thank you!
Posted 03/18/2024 06:12 AM

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