A Sonnet for Mary Baldwin College
By Sarah Kennedy
September, and the lady-slipper's back,
the Queen Anne's lace:
Joanna's at her poems,
Nakita's reading French. The foliage burns,
and Sherry, under her
midnight lamp, tracks
the histories of human population.
Evening windows, where the women
(the hour comes earlier
show ancient hills behind the young reflections.
Then winter's gone, the Blue Ridge dark with dame's
flower once cultivated, now
blossoming in woods and city yards. New
robes are pressed. The wild
Then May arrives and one more year's brought round
Sarah Kennedy, assistant professor of English, is an award-winning
brilliances in leaf and bloom.