This entry was posted on Mar 5, 2014 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.


Have the sun right there in the west on its own time,

ready to fall away exactly when it should.


Have the cello late at night between your legs, your right arm aching

as you try to press one note into another.


Have the waltz in your mind.  Have the orange in the large grey bowl,

your fingers holding its scent of new light and promise.


Have the walls clean for a day after painting before the kids come

with their expressive hands. Have yourself stretching low, washcloth in hand.


Have the paper, blank and abundant, the easy glow of black blue

at night, the morning fog lifting as if it’s never been there.


Have the dream of short palm trees hiding the machinery of cancer

while men embrace in T’ai Chi and heal each other before your very eyes.


Have a mother and her small daughter hopping on one foot in front

of the Victorian house in disrepair.  Have the squirrels watch.


Have the voice speaking almost Yiddish in your mind,

the siren of coyotes, and the double whistle of train you can’t see.


Have recognition and wonder, turquoise earrings, a car that starts

in winter, one thick wool sweater under your coat.


Have love too – all you’re willing to join with,

plentiful as air.  And the peace of not wanting.

About Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of 14 books, including a forthcoming novel, The Divorce Girl; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Books); and four collections of poetry. Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word at Goddard College (Goddard College); where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats (www.BraveVoice.com); and she blogs regularly at her website (www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.wordpress.com)

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