Poetry

Perihelion Pantoum

“Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

Today Earth is at perihelion.
It’s hard to believe
we’re closest to the sun.
Air hangs damp.

It’s hard to believe
When sky hums gray,
Air hangs damp,
And doves refuse their dule.

When sky hums gray
I turn this direction to see live things
But doves refuse their dule
And perch in isolation around the corner.

I turn this direction to see live things,
Glimpse only a stranger
From this perch in isolation.
Earth flies nearest its star.

I glimpse only a stranger
At a distance from me.
Earth flies nearest its star:
Earth is at perihelion.

Pamela Hobart Carter loves Seattle as much for its water and mountains as for its bustle and creativity. She explores the Emerald City daily while walking her dog. Carter used to be a teacher who wrote on the side. Now she is a writer who teaches on the side.