by Margaret Gudkov
I wear the dress of new beginnings With the hope of a desert flower yearning for rain It's heavy on the side of decoration, pulling to the ground Reminding of itself while the days exchange for nights Again and again, carousing through the running madness Where should I lay the foundation? Brushes or pencils, needles or pins Canvas or notebook, skein or thread The choice belongs to a shadow of hesitation And Alice left Wonderland a long time ago In an era of uncertainty, the usual suspects aren’t helping I have to search other sources to find the river where it dried before Wake up from a wailing ambulance, thinking it's the wolves' chorus The nightmares, normal signposts of Covid-19 science fiction Too much medicine, too little alcohol Now the masks, wearing them, a drag Not like you or I did not wear them before, plenty The mask of a housewife, the mask of a siren, or whatever else On top, a different accessory added, necessary, I know Plus the dress of new beginnings...tough, isn’t it
Margaret Gudkov was born in Moscow in the Soviet era as a teenager and has been a US citizen and New York resident for many years. Poetry has always been a significant part of Russian culture, and successful poets are much-respected there. Margaret’s experience growing-up in that culture gave her a love of poetry and a desire to express her own thoughts and feelings through poetry. Later, her extensive travels as an adult, primarily in Egypt, India, and Europe, greatly enriched her poetry.
Margaret is the author of several books of poetry, including The Four Seasons of Life, and Her Body Emitted Butterflies, and was a contributor to two poetry anthologies, Ripples: Friends In Verse (principal author Jackie Summers), and Enchanted: Love Poems and Abstract Art, all of which are available on Amazon.