The old cedar sheds strips of paint
in every wind and gust of rain.
Almost twenty-five years old, it peels
off the years, as if it could turn back time.
But it can’t. Its dry, blackened grooves
speak only of what is: years and years
of seasons my mother not live to see
after sitting by her new did fence and saying
“Look how beautiful all this is.”
LINDA OPYR, the Nassau County Poet Laureate 2011-13, is the author of eight collections of poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Atlanta Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Crannog, Antiphon, The Seventh Quarry/ Swansea Poetry Magazine, and The New York Times.