Accomplishment

by Eileen Cleary, MFA '19


This day’s anniversary might find

you holding your wrinkled newborn,

watering a sapling, or carrying the coffin 

of a friend you’ve loved. You will

hear remember me past these paths

from the dorms to your class. 


This morning, a nest releases its waxwing

as the woods lean in to listen. You’ll leave 

these pines, quiet as the books you’ve read,

having learned what matters past Pine Manor. 

May your good works ring luminous,

your birdsong open windows in the sky.


Poet Eileen Cleary is a January 2019 graduate
of Pine Manor College Solstice MFA in poetry