“Weather Report”

These white stripes of day achieve

more than we could possibly hope for, with

curtains –thin movements– shielding the

curious birds.

Pure pleasure is illuminated by each

sequence of bright and shadow on the wall.

Think of this–

Light stands for nothing but itself!

Who can say that–

I read in today’s paper a woman got seven

years for killing someone by accident.


Now a flat formation of rain in the distance

threatens to slash our virtue.

Nothing is hopeless here in Rincon:

hills, palms, yellow, blue, green,

filtered through fern.

I can leave this room with its sensations and sillouettes.

I can walk the yard through the gate to enter my own devotions.


Grace Cavalieri is the author of 18 poetry collections, 26 produced plays, and the texts of two operas, and is the co-author of The Italian Poet’s Cookbook. The recipient of countless awards (including the 2013 AWP George Garrett Award, the Pen Fiction Award, and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award), Grace writes a monthly poetry feature for the Washington Independent Review of Books. For more than 30 years, she has been the producer and host of public radio’s The Poet and The Poem, broadcast weekly from the Library of Congress.

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