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Monday's Poem

Peter Newton is a poet and stained glass artist living in Winchendon, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan and Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English--where he has worked for the past seventeen summers. His poems are included in Haiku: A Poet's Guide by Lee Gurga as well as Take Five, The Best Contemporary Tanka of 2008, edited by M.Kei, Other poems of his have appeared in the Atlanta Review, The Adirondack Review, Prairie Schooner, Modern Haiku and Modern English Tanka, among others.

You can see more of his work on Curtis Dunlap's blog "blogging along tobacco road" here.

© 2009 Peter Newton

How to Get Here

Don't spook the deer
drinking from the tub out back
where the driveway curls
around the house
and away from the woods.

Park beside the shed
that should've fallen
years ago except for the veil
of honeysuckle
that twines through it.

Here are the long days
for listening to nothing
but pecans ping the tin roof
sounding like something
bigger than they are.

Days for leaning
the way this whole place leans
into the angle of the hill.

The crickets' stop-and-start
carries the night through
where it's easy to find your way
walking the line of barbed wire.

Halfway to the creek
reach out your hand.
Slip through and sit
under the lone tree. Wait.