Friday, February 19, 2016

Poem of the Day: “Uphill” by Tricia Knoll, Frequent Contributor and Poet of the Week

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Uphill” by Tricia Knoll, a Songs of Eretz Frequent Contributor and this week’s Poet of the Week.  A biography of the poet may be found in the “About Our Editor & Frequent Contributors” section.

Tricia Knoll

My idea, not his. 
That December night, slick sidewalks
reflecting the globes of theater lights
and wind stuttering the park’s dread trees.

He struggled. A fat man
in a thick green coat.
Half a left leg and a book bag.

A stranger in a wheelchair.
Rolling more sideways
than forward on the three-block hill.

I offered to push him past
the historical society
where the sidewalk levels out.

Halfway up the second block
I came to. My compassion was stronger
than my body. Lessons of finish
what I start kicked in.

I made it. Sweating.
To the hilltop
with that heavy man
I never will forget.

Poet’s Notes:  I have a voice disability. I am not young. I try to be very attentive to the needs of people with other disabilities. This event is etched in my memory like the old-fashioned street lights on the Park blocks of Portland, Oregon; the rain on the slanted pavement, winter wind shaking trees. How hot I got.

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