Today's poem is by Muriel Nelson
Open Other End
In the land of toothpicks
glue was precious
so were softness
and the fatness of hors d'oeuvres
and fantastic designs of longing for roundness
songs for Ponderosas and thistles,
sketches for hedgehogs, porcupines.
In the land of picks, toothless
babes and leaf buds burned dreams
into the heartwood of stumps.
And among roots still living
underground, where hearts turn green
for new mouths,
the humblest creatures busied
themselves with saw-and-glue work.
There, even now, they open
their minute darknesses to hem
and haw old spells
toward an other end.
Copyright © 2007 Muriel Nelson All rights reserved
from Pebble Lake Review
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