Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Special Feature: "Gateway Part 2" by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Contest Judge

Gateway Part 2
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Contest Judge

from the Tao Te Ching

2. When her work is done, she forgets it/ That is why it lasts forever

What is "forever"?
The shaking of cedar limbs.
The sun skinning the bare branches.
The white fence plank peeling and crooked.
The worn dirt between house and car.
Are these forever a kind of work?
Or is it undetectable motion of seasonal shifts?

Is time a kind of forever, an angry river
breaking new ground from itself to survive?

I walk from this room to the wide field
shadowed in melting snow and strong snow,
the revealed dirt edging into mossy hope,
the snowdrops clinging to the edge of a building,
the sky's work long forgotten
but its sheen everything to us.

Editor’s Note:  The Poet’s Notes for “Gateway” may be found in the introduction to the first part of this ten part poem http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2016/08/special-feature-gateway-part-1-by-caryn.html.  “Gateway” was previously published in The Midwest Review.


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