Penelope Scambly Schott


The most gripping movie I ever saw
was time-lapse film of fruit in a dish,
all that tender ripeness caving in
on itself: the collapse of is into was.

When I glimpse my face in a mirror,
I remember a chipped colander
mounded with yellow cherries,
some rotting and some just dried.

Remarkable, all remarkable,
like this loose pebble in my palm,
its sparkle of mica, speck of lichen
thinking of nothing but cling, cling.

My fists are clusters of blossoms,
and inside them, the stone knuckles
with whatever of flesh will adhere,
adhering. Yes, I am old enough

to discuss April with a certain
earned authority: how pale petals
on the cherry tree guess nothing
about the hard pit.

Penelope Scambly Schott
Portland, Oregon
PENELOPE SCAMBLY SCHOTT, 67, Portland, is a teacher, writer and artist. She makes her debut as a Senior Poet Laureate in the 2009 National Annual Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition. The dog is her goldendoodle Lily Schott Sweetdog, aka Lily. The Go is on the outside of her neighbor's art studio. We look forward to getting to know Penelope and her beloved companion, Lily, better. So, welcome, Penelope, to the world of Senior Poetry. Her astrological sign is Aries.