Poem for the times: “Deciduous”

Deciduous

Days like today
I could let it all go.

Release ambition
like a balloon floating

into someone else’s
yard. Let the radio

keep its death toll
and speeches. I will give

myself to what will answer
with blossom and fruit.

Could I die back?
Could I be mere twigs,

waiting? Give me
light, rain, a piece of ground.

Here I might remember
the prayer of silence, practice

one thing until done well,
heal what lies

within reach.

 

-Elizabeth Austen

I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war.

 

5 thoughts on “Poem for the times: “Deciduous”

  1. Barbara Guilland

    Heavens knows it works for this time. We are in sorrow again. And we turn to what seems serene, without turmoil, although the wind tearing through the basin tonight is wreaking its own kind of havoc.

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