in a shed with screens to let in air,
a small door for them
to step in and out, not an inch
to spare. All things
in their place, particular,
the proper attention paid
so that around them
there seems a kinder light.
And then the eggs to gather,
one by one, warm in your palm.
Each tiny sun contained,
unbroken, no need for it to rise
or fall, no need for anything
to harm you.
Lorna Crozier is a Canadian poet whose work has won numerous awards, including Governor General's Award, the Pat Lowther Poetry Award and the Canadian Authors Association. She has published twelve previous books of poetry, including a collection of selected poems, The Blue Hour of the Day. In 2009, Crozier published a memoir, Small Beneath the Sky about which Ursula le Guin said, “How rare such honesty is, and how hard-won, and radiant, and beautiful.” She has a new collection appearing in March this year, Small Mechanics.
During my year of memorising poems, 'Poem for a Hard Time' was one I memorised and it became one of my talismanic poems. I love its crafted simplicity and the invitation to focus on small, manageable things.
You can read more about Lorna Crozier on her website.
'Poem for a Hard Time', Whetstone, McCelland and Stewart, 2005 was published here with permission.
Catherine Bateson is this week's Tuesday Poem Guest Editor. She is an Australian poet and children's writer who has published three collections of poetry, three verse novels for young adults and numerous novels for younger readers. She teaches Professional Writing and Editing at GippsTAFE.