23 January 2019

My Place in the Family of Things*



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From my house on its square quarter acre
you can barely see the climate changing.

Like the Little Prince’s glass globe, my house
keeps me from feeling night winds, from feeling
and seeing it’s been much too warm to snow.

Here is a cottage industry of faith
in science that stops me running water
without thinking while brushing my teeth and
washing dishes, that makes me recycle.

I don’t want to see the climate changing.
I read of stranded polar bears and dead
whale babies, of people leaving parched land
to find greener pastures.  I see the grief
and awful risks.  It can happen right here.

Climate change refugees have no more homes.
They are Princes leaving little planets
where they had houses, land and animals.
Still, they have a place in the family
of things, as do I.  Having tamed this place,
I must care for it. To care, I let it tame me.




*The last line of Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese”




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© 2019 Susan L. Chast




16 January 2019

Shadowlands

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The hurt is proportionate to the love—
(or something like that).  CS Lewis watches
his love succumb to cancer, and I cry
without fail.  Every time I watch the film
the great shy man falls in like and then love
and then grief—then the miracle happens
every time—he falls in love more and
he listens.  The great wise man listens
to the wisdom his love has deep in her heart.
She wraps it around her son and CS Lewis.
She wraps love from the shadow lands around
the men in her life, and they know, finally
the meaning of the inside of the wardrobe—
the fierce love of story, shadow, and light.


For Sumana's prompt 
Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Life: Paradox And / Or Balance


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© 2019 Susan L. Chast


13 January 2019

Alone at the Well





Lifting the phone today 
seems a taboo.
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It isn’t, of course.  
Only I impose silence 
as if it were the medicine
needed to make prayer more effective.

Today the phone 
seems too heavy to lift.
What if no one answers? 
Does loneliness alone lift me 
into the arms of the divine?

The single cutting thrives in fresh water.

Calls and texts are tendrils 
reaching out
when doubt pollutes 
and cuts off the water,
when fear absorbs all of life’s nutrients,

when balance is elusive 
and fingers itch
to grab the flowing water 
and to clutch 
tightly to what answers 
the lightest touch.



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© 2019 Susan L. Chast


09 January 2019

Drink at My Well



Drawing, Landscape With Deer in Morning Haze, Winslow Homer (ca. 1892) Public Domain



“Each morning we are born again”
 ~ Buddha


O Brave New World! I
greet you in daylight again
as if the first time.

Grateful to wake up,
nod with your tree limbs, and
feed two waiting cats.

Wake healthy or not,
I rediscover your love,
your solidity.

Clean air and water
greet me, and I drink my fill
knowing I’m lucky.

Daily, grief returns
that children hurt at borders,
and in their own lands.

Daily, I re-pledge
to share your wealth.  All who can,
Come.  Drink at my well.




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© 2019 Susan L. Chast




05 January 2019

Sounds and Silence






In response to Rosemary's Love, eventually


My black cats
with black whiskers
disappear swiftly.

They see
me watch them
and scatter as if
billiard balls

but meal times
find them sitting
racked up in place
wary, waiting.

They reward
my consistency with
roaring purrs,

and at times
those sonorous sounds
accompany slow affectionate petting
eyes closed.

Unexpected moves
and misplaced fingers
send them flying—such
exacting teachers.

My black cats
with black whiskers
disappear swiftly.


(Using the Arch form described by Rosemary)


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04 January 2019

Lost in the Woods




Until I remember why I entered this room
and turned on the computer so deliberately
I will stay here.

Until I remember why I opened the door
to the refrigerator with a cup in my hand
I will stay here.

Until I remember why I don’t have the Good Will donations
and shopping list with me, I’ll stop the car roadside
and I will stay here.

Mom taught the pre-schooler me to sit still when very lost
in the woods.  So someone could find me.
Here we are, sitting.






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© 2019 Susan L. Chast