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 poetmarge.com.
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.