2 Poems

I was reading these poems to Heather the other day & she told me i should blog them. So, here they are for all. Let me know any thoughts or questions spring to mind.

The first poem grew out of a scene i actually witnessed, described in the first & last stanza. I was transfixed while it unfolded (i was inside looking out my window, a kind of fly on the wall). The penultimate stanza references something that a Dinka priest said about all the violence he sees in his culture. “It gets you nothing,” he said to the audience listening through their radios, “and it destroys everything. It leaves nothing but ashes.”

burning questions

today i saw a woman
light a garbage pile on fire
then cross herself & say a prayer
beside the refuse pyre.

what thoughts were pondered
as she prayed?
what secrets filled her head?
was it something sacred?
or something filled with dread?

perhaps she saw the face of Christ
flick’ring in the flame.
perhaps it was an evil which
one cannot bear to name.

perhaps she thought of all the wars
& all the tribal clashes
all the fighting that destroys
& which leaves us only ashes.

today i saw a woman
light a garbage pile on fire
then cross herself & say a prayer
beside the refuse pyre.

The second poem is my summary of a conversation i had one day with Heather’s sister while she was visiting us for a week.

lowering the bar

let us agree to lower the standard
of what it means to be successful.

if in one day we stay alive & healthy,
let it be said of that day: “it was good.”

& if in that same day we manage
to enjoy our survival
let us resound with joy & hallelujahs
for the luxury of pleasure.

if in one day we bake enough bread
to break it in the company of others
let us consider ourselves blessed.

Hope you liked them. Thanks for reading.

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2 comments on “2 Poems

  1. michaeleona says:

    insightful and requiring more thot on my part, pops.

  2. Flo Friesen says:

    Lovely, Joel. Yes, keep those poetic juices flowing. You’re got the gift, for sure!!

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