Poem | Globus Cruciger

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Globus Cruciger

Outside the cinder block screen
past fig tree and laurel shade

hydrangeas turn whiter
than handkerchiefs and blouses on the line

than azaleas and snowdrops 

and farther back whiter
than memory’s blanc—

orb in the royal infant’s hand—

mother’s flower and now
in wet summer bluer 

than her madonna 
violet as wounds

wine-dark globular 
galaxies hurtle away 

rubbing her forehead 
that translucent crown
as she sits at the kitchen table.

Published in the March 2020 issue: 

John Martone is the author of several books of poetry, including so long and Storage Case, and the editor of Spiritual Necessity: Selected Poems of Frank Samperi. His new volume of translations, Giovanni Pascoli: O Little One and Selected Poems will appear in December from Laertes Books.

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