Richard Widerkehr

Green’s Idea

– it’s true, yes, everything is… book and seed – Rilke

Eichbäumchen by Franz Marc

My window’s filled with birch leaves this morning—
green’s idea of being sunlit. No darning needles
back and forth patrolling, just this sheen

of green flame singeing no one. Glasses off,
my world’s all leaves, mosaics, soft points,
thawing pieces in blurred air. Thin branches,

switches waved as if by five-year-olds,
in speckled walls, sunspots—
the spaces between leaves: shadows.


About the writer:
Richard Widerkehr’s work has appeared in Open, Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, Atlanta Review, and others. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. His latest book is In The Presence Of Absence (MoonPath Press). His new book, At The Grace Cafe, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag. He reads poems for Shark Reef Review.

Image: Eichbäumchen by Franz Marc (1880-1916). No medium specified. No size specified. 1909. Public domain.