It’s cold and gray where you live in Illinois.
Here in California everything’s blooming:
cabbage moths sail cloud-like above the garden,
blue irises, graceful onions, marigolds.
One dragonfly, a Devonian refugee
perches gleaming in sunlight on tomato-cage.
Acceptance offers me unwanted lessons.
Who’s in charge here, God or me? Who’s in charge of
the weather between us, all this winterspring?



John Oliver Simon

About John Oliver Simon

John Oliver Simon is one of the legendary poets of the Berkeley Sixties who has remained true to his calling. Published from Abraxas to Zyzzyva, Simon is also a distinguished translator of contemnporary Latin American poetry. He is Artistic Director of Poetry Inside Out, a program of the Center for the Art of Translation, and is the River of Words 2013 Teacher of the Year.
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