In the Dark Times, Will There Be Singing? — By Marjorie Saiser

In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

~ Bertolt Brecht


Desert morning, the coyotes return

to their cubbyholes, the stars

have wheeled in arcs


to stand in their appointed doorways.

The great horned owl on the light pole

sees the neighborhood, sees, if he wants to,


how I stand shoeless on the cool sand,

lucky cuss, wingless bird that I am.


In the dark times there will be singing

and I, in a forgotten crevice in the universe,

will spread my arms and inhale deep, enormous.

~ Marjorie Saiser

Marjorie Saiser’s most recent book is I Have Nothing to Say About Fire (The Backwaters Press, 2016). Saiser’s poems have been published in Poetry East, Poet Lore, RHINO, Rattle, Nimrod, Mud Season Review, Fourth River, The Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, and at

Guest Editor Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the author or editor of two dozen books, including the recent poetry collection Following the Curve, and collection of prose Everyday Magic: Fieldnotes on the Mundane and Miraculous. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she leads writing workshops widely, and loves watching the poetry of others rise and glow.

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