Melissa Tuckey



First snap and daffodils nod off
they always look
so surprised

while here in D.C.
everything wants to bloom
at once a profusion
of highway exits
and war

I want off this crazy
interchange forward and back
illegal turns and still
the land refuses

Go ahead open your hand
what emptiness
will you offer

that wild impulse the rain



Melissa Tuckey is an Ohio Arts Council Grant Recipient.  Her poems have been published in DC Poets Against the War: An Anthology, Poet Lore, Gathering of the Tribes, and Southeast Review.  She's a graduate of George Mason University's MFA program, where she teaches writing courses.


Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.


To read more by this author:
Melissa Tuckey: Split This Rock Issue
Melissa Tuckey: Museum Issue