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Mar 27

Making Something Out of Nothing

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Photo by Giovanni Adavelli

Making Something Out of Nothing   by Nancy Schatz Alton

you, clutching your rifle in thin fall snow,
are an instrument of some vital love
. –Emily Van Kley

 

I feel not so vital lately even as the world proves me wrong:

bylines, loving daughters, a husband who makes me breakfast

the way I pull words out of the air and hand them to my students

saying, hey, look: you created beauty so easily right there on the page.

 

Bylines, loving daughters, a husband who stays and stays

even as my energy surges like a too-bright comet approaching old age

says, hey, look, you created beauty that fell out of your womb and into your life

your next gifts: chin hairs, a thick middle, an invisibility cloak & dark dreams.

 

Yet my energy surges, so bright with the promise of approaching old age

grab it & be glad, what never arrives for some is mine for the taking

love the pluck/pull of tweezers, my soft middle, invisibility & dark dreams

alongside my morning coffee & time to be as vital as the day allows, I begin again.

 

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