IN WINTER, THINKING SUMMER  

Posted on Apr 12 by SEASONS Magazine

 

IN WINTER, THINKING SUMMER  

By Barry Spacks

 

Winter austerity:

 

steam from the black kettle

quivers up the bones

 

inner fur goes white:

 

white bear

sniffing arctic fox

ravenous.

 

*

 

In winter we imagine

a sweatless summer

season that does not exist

 

where supreme events

flow on like ballet

where no meanness is

 

where lovers move as if underwater,

such is their ease, their

timelessness.

 

*

 

In winter, daughter Coco

paints her room’s door Chinese red,

color as deep as her hungers.

 

*

 

Clearing out the acreage,

what are these dried desire-blooms?

 

O, to enter you

high summer Goddess, as you enter me

till the forked tongue of your warmth

emerges from my eyes!

 

Eternal summer

always at the gate,

 

let me

let you in.

Editor’s Note: “In Winter, Thinking Summer” is classic Barry Spacks.  The poem’s wistfulness and Zen-like attention to detail, its clear-eyed wisdom, remind us what a privilege it is to have a poet of Barry’s gifts living in our midst. —David Starkey, contributing editor, poetry

Originally published in the Winter 2013/14 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine. Barry Spacks passed away on January 28, 2014, while this issue was still in circulation.

 

 

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