And Seeds Lie In Wait


~ Dedicated, to all my sisters who died, never having the words to write even this much. And to all those who lived and created knowing the truth in a world that told them otherwise.

Sky gold merging into blue outside my windows
I’ve forgotten what beauty can be seen on early October mornings

In the New England sky,
What it feels like after
Having laid in bed for six days sick and feverish.
From this, this morning, I appreciate the things in life that are always there

But too often unacknowledged. And
I am remembering I’d forgotten
What I learned about forgetting.
For me, it’s not a lack of time that keeps me from creating my art

My art of shaping words into life.
It’s not material poverty, the
Sixty plus hour a week job, five children, husband, dying relative to care for,
It’s what was stolen a long time ago and never returned
What was thrown into a river

Weighed down by expensive American torture devices.
That part of me that was pulled screaming into a pile of human spirits
Suffocated, burned to ashes.
No it’s not just time that hold us back
That kills the most vital parts.

I have been surrounded by a block of stone,
Chiseled into a particular form
A seed buried under mounds of matter.
But I am remembering that
What was stolen can be recovered

What was beaten can be healed
What was captured can escape

And the spirit does not die easy

While seeds lie in wait.

@ Susan Lynn Gesmer, And Seeds Lie In Wait, 1978

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