“I am half sick of shadows”
First published in Hummingbird 10:4, June 2000, page 23. The poem was one of many made into a poster for distribution in Redmond, Washington, when I was poet laureate for the city.
I am half sick of shadows
this hinting at things
this whisper in place of declaring—
give me your poems with real toads
vaulting in noonday sun.