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In the bottom of my bottom drawer,

my swimming suit hides beneath t-shirts

and mini skirts, all of them wrinkled.

The bikini top strings are untied—

they snake around the dark space

like the sprouted eyes of potatoes.

All this waiting. Somewhere there is light.

The shape of the suit remembers

what it is like to hold things in

and keep things up. It remembers

the way the ocean waves tugged at its knots,

the gritty insistence of sand.

Outside, it is snowing again—

snow on the buds of the lilac tree,

snow on the first green of parsley.

Inside, there is this woman

who has stuffed things into dark corners.

I have nearly forgotten what it is

to be warm, warm enough

to wear next to nothing, warm enough

not to cover my heart with layer

after heavy layer. I am learning

how what is forgotten doesn’t really

go away. The shape of me

remembers how to pull my arms

through the water, how to tread

to stay on top. Outside, the sound

of the plow scrapes past. I am wondering

what else might be in that bottom drawer.

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On Emergence

 

 

 

In May I planted a whole row of beans

along the back fence of the garden,

pushed each of the small white seeds one inch

into the spring-damp soil. I waited weeks.

Not one came up. Not one.

I planted them again, planted them in twos

two inches apart. I waited weeks. Three

came up. There were over 100 seeds.

I am trying to tell you that sometimes

what we wish for does not happen.

Though we do everything by the rules.

Though we have known success before.

Though we long for our plans to take root,

to bloom, to fruit. Then all through the rows

emerged this spring dozens of volunteer cosmos.

This morning, a generous riot of pink, dark pink

and white fluttering in the spaces where

I’d envisioned only the green of beans.

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One Sign

 

 

 

from empty branches

the orange breasted song of the oriole—

a leaf, straining against the bud scales,

this heart still in winter

begins to believe in green

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after looking long at Joseph Cornell’s Untitled assemblage (“The Hotel Eden”)

take the center
out of the spiral, it is
still a spiral

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this list
of things to do—
not one word legible

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after you set me free
holding my own leash
between my teeth

*

directions to Eden—
! but the starting point
has been rubbed away

*

inside a world
another world with another
world inside

*

waiting for the world to tip,
this motionless yellow ball

*

what if the frame
just fell off, how might we
see each other then

*

a jar full of unidentified things—
shall we open it?

*

so may places for the eye to land
so many places to gather dust
so little impulse to dust them

*

where would we be
without the diagonal—
one boring box after another

*

it will never fly away,
this green bird, still watching
the spring that will never
be sprung

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perhaps this bird knows
what I have been trying to learn
there is nowhere
but here
to arrive

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Emergence

Once upon a now
our story is being told

urgency and creativity
were not just
for 13.7 billion years ago

Every moment,
wordless poems spiral out
of each living and more than living thing

even silence
sings

And how does it end?
Ask the cricket,
the priest, the night

the only answer:
I don’t know

How exciting!

*Emergence is a universal power that acknowledges how the universe is not just a place, it’s a story–irreversible and ongoing.

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