Gary Metras

Poet Laureate of Easthampton, MA / editor, founder, and letterpress printer at Adastra Press


 

Believing in Eyes

 

Lucy O’Donnell Vodden (1963-2009)

So there’s Lucy, dying sadly in middle age. None of her friends ever believed there were diamonds in her eyes. But there were. When he first saw them in the class room, little Julian Lennon painted them as stars. And his father wrote that song. He believed in those eyes, those diamonds. They were shining in my wife’s eyes that first dance in high school. And in my daughter’s when she first held her daughter in the hospital. And in my granddaughter’s eyes that time we rolled on the floor, singing, giggling. So let us praise all the women who ever showed us that joy, that hope, which men by themselves can’t know.

 

from White Storm (Presa Press)


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