A Poem: A Thousand Ways | Poetry | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

A Poem: A Thousand Ways 

I shift my weight from one foot to the other
In my body, I follow worry through the world
   like a raindrop pursues gravity
There are a thousand ways to purge the soul,
but I’ve never learned their names

I imagine lighting candles made of skulls and
   releasing ten cries of feminine, feral power
I wake up still a lonely bird
I am no wolf
I am no wild nomad
I am a trail of water waiting to meet the land

On a sign along a freeway, beside a psalm of Luke 2:38,
   is scribbled in purple ink this precious declaration:
I will not force the wound to howl
I think of the moon
and the work we do to carry pain
I think of the prayerful silence of a puddle
and the songs we sing about water

I imagine I can open my belly like a skylight
Lay it flat against the soil until the soil becomes skin
I place my wound beside an anthill
and listen to its quietness
There are a thousand ways to come back home
I only know this one

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Guest Artist Maureen Hart @ Carley Nielsen Art Gallery

Guest Artist Maureen Hart

Dec. 3-15 — Landscape oil paintings....
Holiday Tea Musicale @ Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Holiday Tea Musicale

Wed., Dec. 5, 1 p.m., Thu., Dec. 6, 1 p.m., Fri., Dec. 7, 1 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8, 1 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 1 p.m., Mon., Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Tue., Dec. 11, 1 p.m., Wed., Dec. 12, 1 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 13, 1 p.m. — Take part in Caramoor’s great tradition of holiday music with charismatic musicians,...

View all of today's events

Latest in Arts & Culture

Chronogram on Instagram

@Chronogram