I knew its name once,
this small flower. Now I know
only its beauty
. . . .David Rome
The Bottom of the Sky

Age finds its way into us.
Details fade, importance shifts
the mind culls the unneeded

and what begins to bloom
is gratitude,
a spice rack of possibilities

as we turn from what was
to what, once again,
is new.

Michael S. Glaser, Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 – 2009 He now co-leads retreats which embrace poetry as a means of self-reflection .He is the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA 2012). (more at http://www.michaelsglaser.com)