Poetry: Down Heaven’s Grey Cheek

It would make sense
that upon my awakening
as the birds begin their morning song

the sound of rain would accompany them

Tears are falling
down heaven’s grey cheek
and landing in the lap
of the soil of the earth

(Anne Jackson – March 2010)

(In honor and memory of my Uncle Jesse Janek, who passed away from cancer on March 24, 2010)


  1. says


    I look forward to reading more of your poetry.

    If you’re willing to share, who are some of your favorite contemporary poets? I love just about everything Gary Snyder, David Bottoms, David Kirby and Billy Collins publish.

    • says

      Billy Collins is amazing. I am pretty dang stuck on Mary Oliver. And there is this Russian poet (a woman) who I just discovered and am getting to know… I can’t find her book at the moment, but what I have, I love…I’m still a huge sucker for the classics though: cummings, Longfellow, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrent Browning, Keats, oh…I could go on for hours. :)

  2. says

    One big note to say thank you to everyone who is enjoying the poetry side of this. It’s going to be a challenge to write something publishable every week next year, but it’s my goal…

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