Leslie Marmon Silko, “How to Write a Poem about the Sky” …

Leslie Marmon Silko--LagunaW
 
 
 
 
 
Leslie Marmon Silko
 
 
 
 
“How to Write a Poem
about the Sky”
 
 
 
 
 
         For the students of the Bethel Middle
         School, Bethel, Alaska – Feb. 1975

 
You see the sky now
colder than the frozen river
so dense and white
little birds
walk across it.

You see the sky now
but the earth
is lost in it
and there are no horizons.
It is all
a single breath.

You see the sky
but the earth is called
by the same name
                        the moment
                        the wind shifts
sun splits it open
and bluish membranes
push through slits of skin.

You see the sky
 
 
 
***
 
 
 

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on September 2, 2015.

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