Pick-a-Poem: Ada Limón

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Welcome, dear blog readers, to another installment of the Pick-a-Poem feature here on the blog. Every Wednesday, we choose a new poem to showcase here from the multitude of poems that are available at Poetry Daily. It’s a wonderful site that posts a new poem for you to discover every day, so be sure to check them out. Today we’re featuring Midnight, Talking About Our Exes by Ada Limón.

According to her bio page, Ada Limón has written several collections of poetry, including Lucky wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. In addition, her poetry has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, and American Life in Poetry. Nonfiction essays and articles of hers have appeared in Hemisphere Magazine, Guernica, and VIDA.

Midnight, Talking About Our Exes by Ada Limón

The sun is still down and maybe even downer.
Two owls, one white and one large-eared,
dive into a nothingness that is a field, night-beast
in the swoop-down, (the way we all have to
make a living). Let’s be owls tonight, stay up
in the branches of ourselves, wide-eyed,
perched on the edge of euphoric plummet.
All your excellences are making me mouse,
but I will shush and remain the quiet flyer,
the one warm beast still coming to you in the dark
despite all those old, cold, claustrophobic stars.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s featured poem! For more of these posts, click right here.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

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