Image of lotus leaf courtesy Henry Domke Fine Art

Sometimes things don’t go, after all,

from bad to worse. Some years muscadel 
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail;
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.
A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man; decide they care
enough, that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.
Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen to you.

Reprinted from Good Poems. Selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor. NY, NY: Viking Penguin, 2002. Permission has been given to reprint this poem, and the poet has asked that her name not be used when quoted or reprinted in blogs like this one. Thanks to Peace by Design blog for this wording. Thanks, Mariposa, for sending.