Mary C. Rowin
Isn’t that a lid just off the sidewalk
next to the yellow Turtle Crossing sign
posted for Spring? – Gold, five inches
in diameter with a quarter inch rim,
its topside rests on grass, white interior
smeared with dirt, dead grass between threads
that should have fit perfectly on a jar
of glass or tin. A lid needing a jar.
So where is the vehicle for the lid’s threads
designed to match tongue to groove, cover interior,
keep contents moist or dry? – Perhaps an ill-fitting rim
too narrow for a jar measured top to bottom in inches
glass broken by angry turtle captured in spite of the sign
that should have said, Do Not Remove Turtles From This Sidewalk.
Mary C. Rowin’s poems have appeared in Bramble, the literary publication of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and in Solitary Plover, newsletter of the Friends of Lorine Niedecker. Mary’s poems have appeared recently in Hummingbird, Panopoly, Oakwood Literary Magazine, The Drowning Gull and you are here, The Journal of Creative Geography. Mary writes reviews and blogs about poetry and the creative process. She is also a textile artist, tutors English as a Second Language, and is a docent and the UW-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art. Mary lives in Middleton, Wisconsin with her husband and their seventeen-year old cat Rio.