Poem of the Day, April 22: Lily, Susannah W. Simpson

“In Geography of Love and Exile, Susannah Simpson explores the deepest of human desires: to belong to this world. Through language translucent with longing, she introduces us to her many worlds…To read this remarkable collection is to explore how the places in our lives shape who we are–and sometimes, if we are fortunate, help us to feel a little less alone.” -Mary Reynolds Thompson

Susannah W. Simpson spent much of her childhood in Kabul, Afghanistan and spoke Farsi as a child. She has been a waitress, a founding member of the Ad Hoc Players, learned to wield a grease gun at an auto repair garage, worked on locked psychiatric wards and as a Hospice nurse held the hands of the dying. She is the Expressive Writing Specialist at a residential treatment center in West Palm Beach, FL and has completed advanced studies at the Therapeutic Writing Institute.


Lily

I rub an unguent
of calendula, balsam fir,
and beeswax

on to my belly
and into the small
of my back

There will be
no child
this month.

I know this, but
still under a full
moon, sometimes

I will choose her
name.

-Susannah W. Simpson

(c)in the name of the poet or assigns. Used for educational purposes and for the promotion of the poet and personal growth of the reader.

Journal Prompt:

  • Write about a child you did not have.
  • Write about a ritual that soothes you.

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