Lately, my book stacks have been full of poetry. Like a dear friend said the other day, "poetry is one of the ways God saves me from myself." I have to daily thank God for poets, for people who are willing to enter into the mysteries of life and just sit among them and listen.
Today I'm going to do something new on the blog - a little giveaway! I think this might be my first ever. I'm so glad to be able to support another poet and share her work with you today. Adrie writes over at Fields and Fire, a lovely blog about food and farming and family, and she recently published this first book of poems, The Salt. What I love about Adrie's poems are their earthiness and accessibility. This is a woman who works with her hands every day and loves her family deeply. I think you will enjoy them.
If you leave your name, email and a brief comment - perhaps you could tell me a favorite poet - I will enter you into the giveaway. I'll be drawing one name on Friday evening, after 9pm (Pacific Time Zone). Winner will be announced Saturday.
It was December.
Night, and the dogs led us
along the path
to a field lit by the moon
on the snow. The ground frozen
where it lay. I dared
to hope that the rest of our lives
might be this dim light
amidst darkness, this open
(after Sylvia Plath)
I do not want a grave, I want a garden,
with melons, and sunflowers with faces
round as moons to gaze out.
I want to be looking at you when you come
watering the plants, the roots.
I see you already - your tired, grieved face.
You will wonder if I still know you.
When the blue of my eyes go cold,
the mossy arms of the earth will comfort me.
Let me bloom
in the purple crocus and the iris.
You will dig me in, you will place my heart
under your feet.
I will finally know myself. It will be dark,
and the touch of your hands sweet as always.
~ It's such tender work, isn't it? I hope you will take the time to enter. Again, leave your name, email and a brief comment - perhaps you could tell me a favorite poet - I will enter you into the giveaway. I'll be drawing one name on Friday evening, after 9pm (Pacific Time Zone). Winner will be announced Saturday.