Sunny Day

By Joyce Schmid

Featured art: ‘Woman Lying in the Dunes near Noordwijk’ Jan Toorop

Verweile doch, du bist so schön.
—Goethe

I grab the young, unruly day
and say, Stand still, stand still.
I want to comb her hair and dress her up,

but she just laughs and wriggles in my grasp
and breaks away. She dances mockingly,
just out of reach, the little imp,

and runs ahead of me. I’m running
out of energy to try
to catch her in my arms,

warm, fragrant child,
her changeling eyes lit up
with winter sun.

Come here, you darling day,
and stay with me
a while, a little while.


Joyce Schmid‘s work has recently appeared in Literary Imagination, Antioch Review, Poetry Daily, Missouri Review, and other journals and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.

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