I need help finding a poem published in Harper's Magazine?
July 4, 2014 10:28 AM Subscribe
This question refers to an earlier one I asked back in 2011, when people helped by searching the data bases of the New Yorker magazine, as I had done, and also the Atlantic Monthly.
posted by ragtimepiano to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
Does anyone have access to the data base of Harper's Magazine?
The poem is called "Poinsettias" and was probably published in late 1980 or early 1981. I now realize the magazine may have been Harper's.
The poem deals with the progress of time and inevitable loss. The gist of the poem is that enclosed within the red blossoms are the harbingers of decay, of ending---that even as the plants bloom, there is evidence of their eventual ends.
"Poinsettias" helped us in our grieving over the sudden death of my father at that time, and I wanted to find it at the time of the sudden loss of my lifelong best friend in 2011.
The last line reads something like this: "Take my hands and bless them, as they bless what they long to keep."
Any leads would be appreciated. Thanks so much!