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[Poetry Friday] “Rain, New Year’s Eve” by Maggie Smith

Let me love the world like a mother.


Fats here.

I’m back with another poem by Maggie Smith from the same poetry anthology that I shared last week. I just finished reading my library copy of Good Bones and decided that I would share my favorite poems in that collection for the remainder of this month. Today’s poem is a nod to beginnings and makes a perfect companion to Good Bones.

Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Kathryn Apel.

Image downloaded from Columbus Makes Art.

“My creative process is one of gathering and accruing. Like a magpie, a bird who collects any small, glittering bauble that catches its eye, I see or hear or read things that interest me all of the time.”


Rain, New Year’s Eve

The rain is a broken piano,
playing the same note over and over.

My five-year-old said that.
Already she knows loving the world

means loving the wobbles
you can’t shim, the creaks you can’t

oil silent—the jerry-rigged parts,
MacGyvered with twine and chewing gum.

Let me love the cold rain’s plinking.
Let me love the world the way I love

my young son, not only when
he cups my face in his sticky hands,

but when, roughhousing,
he accidentally splits my lip.

Let me love the world like a mother.
Let me be tender when it lets me down.

Let me listen to the rain’s one note
and hear a beginner’s song.


Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

10 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “Rain, New Year’s Eve” by Maggie Smith

  1. The world needs this love.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. It’s true. Children help us love the world more when we let them. I think I should look for this book, Fats! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. maryleehahn

    One of our Columbus own! How fun to find Maggie Smith here! Love her poem. Great choice.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fats Suela

      I had no idea that Maggie Smith is from Ohio until I posted last week’s Poetry Friday feature! Love it!


  4. Oh, this one brought tears to my eyes. It’s so profound, so moving. Sigh. Thank you for sharing–I’ll be printing this to read again and again.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Just lovely – a quiet and wise poem.


  6. Such a tender beautiful poem, thanks for sharing it and Maggie Smith’s book “Good Bones!”


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