Interlude: Weathering

Cherry blossoms are fluttering in the soft breeze.

ERNEST HILBERT


The wind’s so hard the timber groans.
Bright newborn blossoms blow like snow.
Big clouds move shadows fast on stones.
The wind’s so hard the timber groans.
The storm’s the thing we’ve always known.
What follows is what’s hard to know.
The wind’s so hard the timber groans.
Bright newborn blossoms blow like snow.



Ernest Hilbert is the author of Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, and Caligulan, which was selected as winner of the 2017 Poets’ Prize. His fourth collection, Last One Out, appeared in March 2019. He lives in Philadelphia where he works as a rare book dealer and book reviewer for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His poem “Mars Ultor” was included in Best American Poetry 2018, and his poems appear in Yale Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Parnassus, Sewanee Review, Hudson Review, Boston Review, The New Republic, American Scholar, and the London Review. Visit him at http://www.ernesthilbert.com


First published in Measure Review