Larry Schug is the author of seven books of poems–Scales Out of Balance (1990), Caution: Thin Ice (1993), The Turning of Wheels (2001), Arrogant Bones (2008), Nails (2011) and At Gloaming (2014), all published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and a chapbook, Obsessed with Mud, published by Poetry Harbor, Duluth, Minnesota. Caution: Thin Ice was a 1993 Minnesota Book Award finalist and Arrogant Bones was a 2008 Midwest Book Award finalist. Larry has won two Central Minnesota Arts Board Individual Artist awards, a 2014 Central Minnesota Arts Board Established Artist award and a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Writers award. Larry lives beside a large tamarack bog with his wife and their dog and cats in St. Wendel Township, Minnesota.
The Turning of Wheels
Caution: Thin Ice
Scales Out of Balance
Obsessed with Mud
I'd like to believe I was conceived
on a bright July morning,
in the bedroom of a small rented house,
in a little Minnesota town surrounded by cornfields,
a cool breeze billowing the curtains
of an open window,
bringing a meadowlark's song into the room
as my mother and father made newlywed love,
the blankets thrown back on a big twin bed.
My old man, already in his thirties,
was amazed that a woman so pretty
could have chosen him, so footloose back then,
an orphan with no prospects in sight,
when the town was populated with heroes
just returned from a war that he,
due to childhood rheumatic fever, was rejected for.
I'd like to think he went to work that day
with a smile on his face,
while my mother went to cook and waitress
at Grandpa's cafe in downtown Glencoe,
carrying the seeds of poetry inside the seed that was me,
freshly planted in her womb.
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