I dream of spring, when the sky dampens
the seeds of gathering heat, the diving crow
aims toward what was just born, and
even the driveway gravel glitters in the stark
white light between storm and night.
I dream of the winter’s black-and-white landscape
scribbled green, punctured by the maroon tip of root
in a field cleaned black with fire while
the cottonwoods unfurl their pale green hearts.
This land dreams sky, a shifting infusion
of shadow on cloud, despite the unreliability
of rain or clarity. The deer dream fawns.
The fawns dream flight as they walk the through-line
of the horizon. The horizon never stops dreaming,
its sleep a progression of filtering color through space.
The dream always dreams possibility
juxtaposed against decay, lightning, first
redbud blossom or starling feather stuck on a rooftop.
The rooftop dreams, belly up, to the sky,
its dream a song of shelter and risk.
The sky dreams light rolling away from dark,
dark rolling away from light, expansive as sorrow
that permeates the porous souls of everything
from weather to the dog left alone in the living room
while I step outside into the dizzy of bird call,
flocks pouring down onto branches
swollen with the hard dreams of blossom.
— Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the poet laureate of Kansas, the author of eleven books, and the founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches. She makes her home just south of Lawrence, KS., and she’s one of the featured poets laureate taking part of Poet Laureati: A Convergence of U.S. Poets Laureate, taking place in Lawrence, KS. from March 13-14.
4 thoughts on “31. The Dreaming Land”
i love letting your words wash over me, take me to places i can’t get to any other way.
Caryn, this is beautiful. This is the sort of poem that draws you in and when you wake up, you’re saying, ‘Man, I wish I’d written that!” Thank you.
Beautiful. So right this morning when we all are dreaming of real spring squatting down to stay.
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