4.22.17

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I am inviting several poet friends to join me in my daily endeavor of paying poetic attention to the world. This week I am sharing the practice with my dear friend Maya Stein, poet of The Creativity Caravan. Maya is one of the most generous writers/teachers/humans I know. Follow her on Instagram at @mayastein, and check out her #100day project for daily doses of wit and inspiration.

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green comes back.
we take pictures of our feet,
our boots in the dear muddy earth.
which by the way is burning.
ashes to ashes.
then green comes back: it’s relentless,
we thought it was endless
but scientists tell us
just 60 more harvests
before there’s no more soil.
hold still while i stand here.
i mean, ashes, ashes,
we all fall down
we take pictues of our feet.
put a pin in a place,
say we were here for a second
on this dear muddy earth.
dear mother may i.
ashes to ashes,
then green comes back.
we all fall down.
we remember
we’re standing on a planet.
on our dear muddy earth.
dust to dust, and all that.
oh mother may i,
oh mother, take us back.
.
(bow to Marie Howe for the beautiful line “dear muddy earth”. bow to the scientists, for telling the truth.)

photo and poem by katherine ferrier ©2017

 

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Imagine, for a moment,
your name in lights.
Imagine the kerning of the letters,
the particular tilt of the font,
the way a stranger might walk
out from a disappointing haircut,
the reckoning with the tax man,
the first date gone sadly sour,
look up to see the blaze of syllables,
and consider, for a moment,
the lovely shape of their own
consonants, the geography of vowels,
and say to themselves,
I’m almost there. I’m so close
I can see it.

photo and poem by Maya Stein ©2017

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