— Christine Richardson
Our job is to become more and more of what we are. The growth of the
poet seems to be related to his or her becoming less and less embarrassed
about more and more.
— Marvin Bell
Today I fell in love with Marvin Bell.
The quote in my horoscope led me to his poems.
“Let nature take a turn at saying what love is.”
No more looking out this window
at the obeisant trees. They never look back
to question what moves me. Nor do the birds,
so intent on their endeavors, ever peer in
as I toil at my own. All this going out
into the world, asking flowers for patience
to be less than beautiful, the mole’s blessing
on a solitary life. One day I thought a rock
had something to tell me about fire.
I kissed it and held it to my ear. It answered
in code. So far I only know that i stands for o.