• White Petals, 3 a.m.

    Mary Jo Salter

    Spring 2020

    Lights out but it’s glowing—
    the dogwood’s white-petaled cloud that fills
    the window above the window seat
    just feet from the foot of my bed.

    And I’m thinking I’ve seen this,
    the same wide-eyed whiteness, winter nights
    when the naked branches were gloved in snow
    that had stored the day’s light somehow.

    Mary Jo Salter is the author of eight books of poems, most recently The Surveyors (2017). She is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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