DEDICATIONS, PLEDGES, COMMITMENTS. For the past. For my own path. For surprises. For mistakes that worked so well. For tomorrow if I'm there. For the next real thing. Then for carrying it all through whatever is necessary. For following the little god who speaks only to me. --William Stafford

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


"Our birth
is but a sleep
and a forgetting."

--William Wordsworth

I am
before my mother carried me,
tethered me to earth
with a silver cord,
before I flew prayer feathers
at my Father's knee,
there, where a million moons roll
like black-glass marbles
into the curved valleys of space
before I ever dreamed of earth,
or things of earth: fish
or rocks or bread,
before the luminous waters
of my birth washed me clean,
I am
I always am

1 comment:

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

I really love your poetry Joyce,...

'a million moons roll like black-glass marbles.'

'They are a library
Clapping time
For the rest of your life.'

'The birds fall and rise
Above the blue-green glitter
Of the tide.'

I loved the pictures and feelings it evokes within me!



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