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A Poem for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share a favorite poem. I hope to add others through the week.

This is a poem I recently became acquainted with, and I am very happy to have done so. I really enjoy the movement in the poem. Rising up in space, and also in time. I love the authority of the poet, and most of all I am struck by how easy it is to follow his instructions… and how comforting.

 

Earth

Let the day grow on you upward
through your feet,
the vegetal knuckles,

to your knees of stone,
until by evening you are a black tree;
feel, with evening,

the swifts thicken your hair,
the new moon rising out of your forehead,
and the moonlit veins of silver

running from your armpits
like rivulets under white leaves.
Sleep, as ants

cross over your eyelids.
You have never possessed anything
as deeply as this.

This is all you have owned
from the first outcry
through forever;

you can never be dispossessed.

 

~ Derek Walcott

 

credit: Tony Powell

credit: Tony Powell

2 Comments

  1. BOOM.

    • Yes, I think it’s brilliant.

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