The Whiteness of Lilies by Marsha Barber

POEM NAME: The Whiteness of Lilies AUTHOR NAME: Marsha Barber POEM: Shortly before he died my father said he’d learned to empty out all worry, instead to fill his mind with clouds, sky, wind blowing through oak leaves. He could sit still, gorge his senses with floating kites, memories of vanilla and ivory, remember how the sun felt on the back of his neck. At the end, he learned to fill his mind with the whiteness of lilies. Nothing more, nothing less. END OF POEM. CREDITS: Copyright © Marsha Barber Previously published in All the Lovely Broken People (Borealis Press, 2015). Marsha Barber’s third poetry book Love You to Pieces was published by Ottawa’s Borealis Press last year. Her work has appeared in such periodicals as the Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, The Antigonish Review, FreeFall, The New Quarterly and The Prairie Journal. She has won many awards for her work, and been longlisted for the national ReLit Award and shortlisted for the international Bridport Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She has given featured readings around the world including in the U.K., Italy, Cambodia, Laos, Israel and Australia. Marsha is on faculty at Ryerson University.