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My Blue House


The gardener told me what she said.
I see her run uphill past my stones and
evening primrose, my Russian sage and wild roses.
She glances every time at my Madonna
in the arbor, her upturned hands,
then turns away at the dead end of the street,
or she continues into the trails lined in gum weed
and prairie aster, wild sunflowers and thistles.
Of course an occasional snake or lizard.  
She said the blue of my house,
the rock garden and hill make her feel
it’s the ocean she’s going to. The mind
can be tricky this way, getting used
to an idea and turning it to expectation,
then desire. That woman anticipates
the tide because of the way light reflects
from my walls. My question is
what does she see in the blue-clad Madonna?
Is she asking for something before she crosses
the barrier and sets foot on that other path?
Sometimes she stands at the end of the road
and seems unsure about which world to inhabit—
mine with its promise of seascape or the dry dust
where meadowlark call and response
echo through wild currants in the coulee.
You ask what gives me such interest in watching.
It’s what prompted her that day to speak
to the gardener, the wind tossing sun in their hair
as they spoke at the crossroads, the variegated
dogwood, flax and larkspur framing the scene.
Even then I knew I’d catch them with my brush,
create them again from this interior I keep.


Tami Haaland
is the author of two books of poetry: When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. Her poems have appeared in a variety of periodicals, including High Desert Journal, Redheaded Stepchild, Life and Legends, Consequence and many anthologies, including The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press) and Literature: An Introduction (Pearson).  Haaland’s work has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry. Haaland teaches at Montana State University Billings, where she currently chairs the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages. 

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