Jeanne Murray Walker’s new collection of sonnets, Pilgrim, You Find the Path by Walking, will be available in 2019. She lives in Merion Station, Pa.
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Breaking the Blue Bowl
I am the tiny, irate, scolding person
standing in the dome of my own skull.
She shakes her head again, arms crossed, again
disappointed: I’m clumsy, struggling, dull.
Then there’s the shattered wine glass,
an afternoon misspent, a dinner gobbled,
rank laundry, unpaid bills, uncut grass,
and, I suspect, one lovely friendship bobbled.
And yet, I’m here. Alive.
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.
Jesus and the Cabbage
His friend Martha's making soup, because you still /
have to eat. Meanwhile, back in the Garden /