Before summer vanishes, let me record some publishing that made me happy:
In June, my piece about ways to celebrate June appeared in Gather, the magazine of the Women of the ELCA. In July, I was the person who wrote the Lectionary reflection for The Christian Century. And in August, I got my contributor copy of The Women Artists Datebook that had one of my poems in it (Feb. 3).
I couldn't get a great photo so let me just copy the text of the poem below:
Fiber of Existence
You will study the maps,
make a plan, pack
the right clothes, only to find
yourself in a different country,
the one you didn’t know
you needed to explore.
It is here you find the answers
to the unspoken questions.
Here is the journal written
in a language you can’t understand.
Here the box of letters
written between two souls
you do not know.
Here you pledge to drink from a dirty
glass, to ignore all your dusty duties.
Here you will ride the beast that scares
you most, the elephant or the motorcycle,
the couple married multiple decades
or mornings of solitary coffee.
Listen for the wind to whisper
your name. Go where the wind commands.
The rains will wash
away all evidence of your longing.
Eat the mush of memory.
Remember every dreary breakfast.
Resolve to find the fiber of your existence.