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Poem of the Day: “Down” by Brendan Kennelly

Today marks the end of National Poetry Month, and therefore the end of our daily poems. We hope you enjoyed the daily dose of poetry. And remember, even though National Poetry Month has ended, every day is a great time to support your favorite poets. Enjoy.

“Down” by Brendan Kennelly, from The Essential Brendan Kennelly

why does a poem
always
go
down
the page
like
a shooting
star
or a spade
cutting
into earth
making way
for seeds
to nestle
in darkness
and slowly
begin
to become
(for example)
a small
white
flower
perfect
in the
light?


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