April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’… Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.
Sometimes we are led through the doorway
by a child, sometimes
by a stranger, always a matter of grace changing
the past, for if there is anything we must change
it is the past. To look back
and see another map.
Love enough to fill
a shoe, a suitcase, a bit of ink,
a painting, a child’s eyes at a chalkboard,
a bit of chalk, a bit of
bone in ash.
All that is cupped,
all that is emptied
the rush of water from a pump,
a word spelled out
on a palm.
Anne Michaels was born in Toronto, where she is currently the Poet Laureate (until November 2018). Her work as a poet and novelist often taps into themes of memory and loss. Her first novel, Fugitive Pieces, was adapted into a feature film.