Read a Poem
By Bill Newby
Drizzle arrives like a soft whisper
or the quiet footsteps of a burglar or lover
tiptoeing along a hallway and up the stairs.
It’s as timid and daring as a fawn,
standing like an ears-up statue
hoping the headlights won’t show
her spots or breathing.
This gentle, gentle rain touches the sill
with a gloved finger
as if there to wipe off dust
or buff its shine
even though the night is as black
as well-used oil dripping from a crankcase
or the inside of a refrigerator
when the door is closed
and the once-warmed chili cools
as the kidney beans and ground meat
hug each other and listen
to the tender, tenuous tapping.
“Drizzle” by Bill Newby. Used by permission of the author.
About the Author
Bill Newby considers himself an “everyday writer” using poetry to record and explore moments of celebration, complaint, concern and comedy. A reviewer of his second collection, Passing Through, said it “delights, surprises, teaches, and sings poems with knowledge and wisdom.” He was a 2018 Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee, and his work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Gordon Square Review’s Neighborhood Voices, Bluffton Breeze, Ohio Teachers Write, Palm Beach Poetry Festival's Fish Tales Contest, Blue Mountain Review, Panoplyzine, Sixfold, and four Island Writers’ Network anthologies. Portions of his work can be previewed at www.billnewby.net.
Write a Poem
The word run has over 645 meanings, more than put or set, its two runners-up for multiple meanings. Choose one of the three and write a poem incorporating as many of the meanings as you can.