Thursday, January 1, 2015

Denise Levertov: "For the New Year, 1981"

I have a small grain of hope—
one small crystal that gleams
clear colors out of transparency.

I need more.

I break off a fragment
to send you.

Please take
this grain of a grain of hope
so that mine won’t shrink.

Please share your fragment
so that yours will grow.

Only so, by division,
will hope increase,

like a clump of irises, which will cease to flower
unless you distribute
the clustered roots, unlikely source—
clumsy and earth-covered—
of grace.

"For the New Year, 1981" by Denise Levertov. Text as published in Making Peace, anti-war poems by Denise Levertov, edited by Peggy Rosenthal (New Directions Publishing, 2006). 

Art credit: "Refracted Light," photograph by Comstock/Getty Images.

Refracted Light (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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