Wisdom’s Way

Let us go — and hold the reindeer.
Rely on us to plant and prune and garner

light-filled beauty in the cold and dim.
Dark-green branches murmur: value women

— in and out-of-doors — women chasing
thunder, lightning in their cores.

Across the starlit land, sky-waves ripple
weighted with collective dreams.

How the world sleeps, though angel-faces
shine from golden stars. We come!

Swallows dive to catch our whispers
while moons shed tender silken mist.

Throw hailstones — frilled and fluted.
Pluck a sunset sash, and wear it.

Weave amber shades of night. Roof to roof
twinkle — till rarest rose of dawn.

The once-filled sleigh is empty, empty.
Now hold to truant hopes – incense rising,

piercing golden skies. Let loose the reins —
so all can know what women’s wits can do.

Puff! Pale moonbeams on forest hills —
frosted white and sweet. Oh! — cherish

frozen ground! Ice will melt — and move
along — till rivers fill again with tears.

. . . . .

Poet: Susan Powers Bourne
Source: Dame Online and Goody Santa Claus
Process: White out, pick and mix


2 thoughts on “Wisdom’s Way

  1. Wow, Susan – I hope you’re sending some (or all) of these out for publication. You’re are writing some rich, fine work – and so much of it. Almost too much for me to comment on. I love that you can “find” so many ways to work with others’ words (and I’m not being sarcastic, just envious) – way to go. I’ll be paying attention. Maybe next time? Post a link to where the work and is and tell me how many poems are there … I’m not sure about other folks but an inbox filled with one person’s poetry is not necessarily a good way to start the day – no matter how much I like the poet or the poetry – and you qualify on both counts.


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