First Blush (sample)

I am delighted to report that my new poem “First Blush” has been published in the online and print versions of The Bellingham Herald on February 13, 2012!

Read “First Blush” here.

Thank you to Dean Kahn and The Bellingham Herald!

First Blush

Have you been to Artist Point to see the sunrise?
a young man asks a young woman. They are just
ahead of me on the bay trail. Yes, she says softly.
He adds, It’s the most amazing sight in the world.

I think I know what he means: how dawn enfolds,
the crisp air and sense of deep snow, the bulks
of mountains haloed by the first blush of sunrise
sky, and the gathering light making the world new.

They walk very close to each other. Their hips
sway in time and their shoulders nearly touch.
I pass but don’t look at them. I won’t intrude;
I want them to continue on, and not be ill at ease.

We can’t know how many dawns will enfold us
after this one. I continue on. My tread lightens, my
mood lifts. I smile to myself at this first blush of
gathering love, at these two making the world new.

Andrew Shattuck McBride
January 22, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day! Blessings to all, Andy

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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