‘Milkweed And Monarch’ by Paul Muldoon

‘Milkweed And Monarch’

by Paul MuldoonDSCF9120

“The rain comes flapping through the yard
like a tablecloth that she hand-embroidered.
My mother has left it on the line.
It is sodden with rain.
The mushroom shed is windowless, wide,
its high-stacked wooden trays
hosed down with formaldehyde.
And my father has opened the gates of Troy
to that first load of horse manure.
Barley straw. Gypsum. Dried blood. Ammonia.
Wagon after wagon
blusters in, a self-renewing gold-black dragon
we push to the back of the mind.
We have taken our pitchforks to the wind…”

You can read the complete poem here. Paul Muldoon was born on this day in 1951, you can read more of hos work through Surrey Libraries.

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