the way of the dark earth

what has been said

what has been buried

what has been given

what has been taken

is now being woven into the fabric

of life

leave it alone! you cannot take

it back

for this is the way of the dark earth

– digesting, composting, always moving forward –

for this is the way of the dark earth

before the poem is finished

grief in the throat

for this is the way of the dark earth

before tears have dried

flies on the carcass

for this is the way of the dark earth

before the harvest is finished

rats in the cellar

for this is the way of the dark earth

before the Desert swallows the Sun

Moon showing belly, high above buffalo peaks

for this is the way of the dark earth

-digesting, composting, always moving forward-

for this is the way of the dark earth

 


Printed in the collection, “Small Black Tent: a hymnal”

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