these words need to flow east

these words need to flow east of my atlantic
to where it ends, & then further still.
this is no pond to skip stones over
casually, theoretically, virtually
& although i just broke 3 rules
of modern poetry,
physics & geography
will not fade or consent to crumble
between fingers
when i ignore them.

we bend & flow
to match the curve of the world
between us in this yearning,
but these are hard things
pulled from lightning & clay;
the truth inside stones
echoed in bone & spirit.

in the seconds i hear you
intimate across continental plates & ocean
lives separated by hours
make time a light thing,
an origami bird we fold & fold again
until it flies easily between us,
though the stars we trade whispers beneath
are my sun & your constellations.

where do cassava & sunflowers,
corn and wheat, savanna
& wooded valleys grow together,

though even the stones under our feet
might will it, they hold us separate
in their very holding together

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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42 Responses to these words need to flow east

  1. Oh my gosh, this is the best thing I’ve read in a very long time. Blown away, Susan.

  2. Green Speck says:

    You have this knack of creating awesomeness with every word !!!

  3. Engagingly different, I especially like ‘we bend & flow / to match the curve of the world’ and ‘the truth inside stones / echoed in bone & spirit’ ~ these phrases evoke for me the essence of poetry.

  4. unfetteredbs says:

    “an origami bird we fold & fold again
    until it flies easily between us”
    my favorite line in this wonderful well written piece Susan. Sigh.. love love love your woven words my friend. Envious of your skill but thankful for the gifts I get to read everyday

  5. every word is vital—like breath. this took mine – wow!

  6. ~Lady Day says:

    I loved the depth of this..the final stanza…ain’t that the truth. Thanks for sharing.

  7. .. though even the stones under our feet / might will it, they hold us separate / in their very holding together – Exactly true of being group bound and afraid to bridge cultures.

  8. nelle says:

    You do wonders with your natural world descriptions, and then with how you tie it to life.

  9. a Nile of beautiful words my soul travels with you.

  10. WOW, WOW, WOW! This is simply beautiful.

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