Rarity Keeps the Raven at Bay
I walked down by the river today
where we were so young
in our forties, new together,
that place where one spring
you tipped me against a tree
and drank the sweet sap of blossoms,
the rest of the trails beating their
green wings keeping observers
at bay, or beckoning the brave ones
to hide behind the birches and turn
their eyes to diamonds
with the force of our scene.
Can you believe it, that winter
we walked up the river not
caring to know any better,
tempting the ice to break?
As I walked down today
where the trillium sing in hordes
each springtime, a vitality
flared my veins and light
drew tunnels from my eyes
like halite. Small black plants,
like miniature curled dock
(I will have to learn their name),
dared one full monosyllabic testament
against the winter whiteness.
Equipped with these old
easier times I could hear
and see more clearly,
like before we began to learn
again, in our second lifetime,
the daily nomenclature of deaths
dispensed like blades.
About the writer:
Erin Wilson has contributed poems to San Pedro River Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, New Madrid, Tipton Poetry Journal, and Mobius, The Journal of Social Change, among others, with work forthcoming from West Texas Literary Review and Split Rock Review. She lives and writes in a small town in northern Ontario.
Image: “Creation-Destruction” from the Lektrima Series by 2 Worlds. Archival, pigment ink print. 2 Worlds, based in Seattle, is an artist who works in film and digital photography. Lektrima, his latest project, is based on reverence for feminine energy and the need for more of it in our economic, political, and social systems. The title, Lektrima, is taken from a mystical song composed by the first Dali Lama (1391-1475) in celebration of the Tibetan Buddhist deity, Tara. Tara is known as the “mother of liberation” and is recognized as a female Buddha. Ultimately, she represents a set of Buddhas and traits that are called on as focus points in developing inner qualities by practitioners of tantric mediation.