Mother Tender

By Anne Elezabeth Pluto

Rain brings you back

June and blooming

darkness looming behind

summer ahead sticky green

and hot air

in nostrils you pick me up

each last day of school humidity hanging

after the June shower, polka dotted

umbrella, I let go of once

to see it fly like Mary Poppins

landing on a lawn nearby

Woolworths for notions and summer

books shiny covers for Louisa Mae

the pages unfold like dust, long lost

in faithful timing, notice the rhyming,

the hiding mother tender, stumbling over

reaching, retching, taking cover

me to discover the past like flowers dying

I am alone and simply crying.

The Darkest Days

By Anne Elezabeth Pluto

Sliver light

low sun under

December memory

in blood and

bone tender

you slip away

I use dead

objects to reawake

the season – where

you held onto

the golden thread

of your century


Penelope’s shroud

warp and weft

looming life

and blooming death.

Former Buffalo resident ANNE ELEZABETH PLUTO will join poet Paul Hogan as the featured guests at this month’s Wordflight Series Reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. She is professor of literature and theater at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., where she is the co-founder and artistic director of the Oxford Street Players. Her poetry collections include “The Frog Princess” (White Pine Press, 1988), “Lubbock Electric” (Argotist ebooks, 2012) and “Lantern Festival” (a forthcoming e-book from Argotist Press in 2014). Pluto received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in English from the University at Buffalo, and co-programmed the Hallwalls Fiction Diction Series in the early 1980s.