Monday, October 26, 2015

Linda Buckmaster: "Flowering"

At the ruins of the Seven Churches Inishmore

Pick a crevice,
a homey gap
between stones
and make it
your own.

Grow a life here
from wind
and the memories of ancients
embedded in limestone.

The bees will use you
for their sweet honey.
The rock will soften under
your touch.
You will draw moisture from fog
and hold it.
Your presence
will build soil.

This is all we have
in this life
all we own:
a flowering
an opening
a gap between stones
for tiny tender roots.

"Flowering" by Linda Buckmaster, from Heart Song & Other Legacies: Poems (The Illuminated Sea Press, 2006). Text as published in UUWorld (Spring, 2006).

Art credit: Untitled photograph by Monopoly Traveler.

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