Jeanne Murray Walker is the award-winning author of 8 volumes of
poetry and one memoir as well as a number of plays which have been
performed in theaters across the country and in London. She is an
Emeritus Professor at The University of Delaware, where she taught
for 40 years and headed the Creative Writing Concentration. Jeanne
currently serves as a poetry Mentor in The Seattle Pacific Low
Residency MFA Program. From her home outside Philadelphia
she blogs about the troubling politics of our time, reading and writing,
and the surprising power of stillness. She travels widely to speak
and read her poems in places ranging from The Library of Congress
to Romania, from Italy to Texas Canyon Country. You can find her
papers and letters archived at Wheaton College’s Buswell Library
and at The University of Delaware’s Morris Library. Jeanne has
appeared on PBS television and is frequently interviewed on the radio.
A Note from Jeanne
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Jeanne Murray Walker
They outdo each other
drawing secret metals
from the earth
to turn magenta, crimson,
orchid, sun-bather cinnamon.
They wrap the brown grass like a present.
Where have they learned
this extravagance of sun,
this flaring so improbably
into talent? Look. This one eating
fire, that one juggling
Like a child stepping from
the chorus line of an average family,
each one is a prodigy, defying the odds.
All summer they were rooted,
unable to move, unable
to scratch their most frantic itch.
They will roam far. They will never return.
But tonight they sing in the yard like violins,
calling the last ordinary, human child home.