i continue to continue

Dear readers, friends,

I find myself astonished once again that another April is upon us. How can time move this quickly when so much of our lives these past two years feel suspended in an everlasting cycle?

Alas, here we are. And I am ever grateful for your eyes on these words at this moment in time. Welcome to 30 days of posting a poem for National Poetry Month, a tradition I began in 2009! I’m excited to share that the wonderfully talented Kristina Closs will be collaborating with me again to illustrate the poems.

Let’s begin this month with Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) and a poem of growth, of possibility, of a layered self taking shape and rising in a changing world, and of continuing forward amidst the uncertainty of it all.

Art by Kristina Closs

“i am not done yet”

as possible as yeast
as imminent as bread
a collection of safe habits
a collection of cares
less certain than i seem
more certain than i was
a changed changer
i continue to continue
what i have been
most of my lives is
where i’m going

Published in Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980


let love be at the end

illustration of flowers against a city backdrop with the sun in the horizon
Art by Kristina Closs

“let there be new flowering”

by Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

let there be new flowering
in the fields let the fields
turn mellow for the men
let the men keep tender
through the time let the time
be wrested from the war
let the war be won
let love be
at the end

from good woman: poems and a memoir 1969-1980 

may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back

Petaluma, CA. December, 2019.

blessing the boats

by Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

              (at St. Mary’s)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that