Dana Gioia Poems
|3.||The Burning Ladder||12/20/2011|
|5.||Sunday Night In Santa Rosa||12/20/2011|
|6.||The Lost Garden||12/20/2011|
|9.||The Country Wife||1/3/2003|
|10.||Emigre In Autumn||1/3/2003|
|11.||The Sunday News||1/3/2003|
|13.||Do Not Expect||1/3/2003|
|15.||Planting A Sequoia||1/3/2003|
|16.||California Hills In August||1/3/2003|
|18.||Guide To The Other Gallery||1/3/2003|
|19.||The Next Poem||1/3/2003|
|22.||Thanks For Remembering Us||1/3/2003|
Thanks For Remembering Us
The flowers sent here by mistake,
signed with a name that no one knew,
are turning bad. What shall we do?
Our neighbor says they're not for her,
and no one has a birthday near.
We should thank someone for the blunder.
Is one of us having an affair?
At first we laugh, and then we wonder.
The iris was the first to die,
enshrouded in its sickly-sweet
and lingering perfume. The roses
fell one petal at a time,
and now the ferns are turning dry.
The room smells like a funeral,
but there they sit, too much at home,
accusing us of some small ...
Now you hear what the house has to say.
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,
and voices mounting in an endless drone
of small complaints like the sounds of a family
that year by year you've learned how to ignore.
But now you must listen to the things you own,
all that you've worked for these past years,