Today's poem is by Rachel McKibbens


I have learned to need the body
I spent years trying to rid the world of

have learned to cherish its pale rebel hymn
warped by ghost heat, carried, carried

by all my loyal dead. I have learned
to crawl backward into the wilderness

to ask, to eat, to steep in your gentleness.
Let this be where I permit forgiveness

to know your name, to leave our cruelest years
where & how we need them most—

                                                behind & unlit.

Copyright © 2018 Rachel McKibbens All rights reserved
from blud
Copper Canyon Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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