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Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website (from Sourcebooks, Inc.) - Diane Boller Really interesting collection! There's some junk to be sure, but there's a lot of great stuff. This, for instance:My Mother's PoemRed-winged blackbird, sitting on a stalk,What would you say if you could talk?She showed it to me shylyAfter I'd been away for a long time.She said this was the only oneShe'd ever tried to write, and of courseIt was only the beginning.She'd written it on stationeryI'd given her: pastel flowersIn one corner. Far away,I'd been opening and unfoldingPages like this for years.She said she couldn't quite decideWhat to say next. She wasn't sureHow it should go on or maybeIt shouldn't, and she was showing meBecause I was supposed to know about poems.We stood there side by sideAt the kitchen sink, looking out the windowAt the swamp for a moment, both of usWondering how to be inspiredIn spite of feeling maybe it didn't matterTo anyone except ourselvesWho could both see those birds hanging onSideways to cattail stalks and singingThe one song they seemed to be sure of,Already knowing the end and how to answer.David WagonerLink to this poem and another:http://www.cstone.net/~poems/twopowag.htm