• Wed. Jan 20th, 2021

A Poem of Gratitude From Minnesota

In Minnesota, from Main Street
to Highway 61, from Paisley Park

to Park Rapids, we’re thankful for
snow that comes down from Canada

covering the leaves we didn’t rake
and how sometimes after that, we

get a heat wave and a second chance
to put things right in the world

so we can meet our friends in a park
and savor being together (safely

apart). We feel so lucky that we smile
our biggest smiles behind our masks,

making our eyes crinkle and shine
like the elusive Northern Lights.

— Joyce Sutphen, poet laureate of Minnesota