A Good Friday

by Laura Parker Roerden

I wrote a poem:
it isn’t much.

It’s small
like a bird,

but it has hands
that reluctantly

open, palms up
to receive

shadow from
starlight

where monsters
writhe and

transform
into angels

through ancient
story and song.

I put the poem
in a simple box
and buried it;

marked it
with a large
stone.

Time can
change
such a thing.

In frost
it heaved,

but still
settled
by summer

when longer
light

kissed it
greedily,

consumed
it, like food

for hope
until
it
was
no
longer
there,

but had become
a generous bed
for a seed

dropped
from the heavens,

watered by regret,

a stalk of evening
primrose,

like a bolt of light,

strong enough
to hold an oriole
or finch seeking

nourishment.

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Laura Parker Roerden is the founding director of Ocean Matters and the former managing editor of Educators for Social Responsibility and New Designs for Youth Development. She serves on the board of Earth, Ltd. and is a member of the Pleiades Network of Women in Sustainability. She lives on her fifth generation family farm in MA.

 

All the Many Flowers

by Laura Parker Roerden

A flower is
not just
a flower.

It’s an invitation
to dance,

to fall into
a time
and a tempo
not of
your own

wherein lies
the meaning

of being
made of
soil and sun,

tapped
lightly

in place

by

fingers

of rain.

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Laura Parker Roerden is the founding director of Ocean Matters and the former managing editor of Educators for Social Responsibility and New Designs for Youth Development. She serves on the board of Earth, Ltd. and is a member of the Pleiades Network of Women in Sustainability. She lives on her fifth generation family farm in MA.