Monday Poetry Train – On the Day of the Great Miracle

I just spent the weekend with my husband in a workshop called The Abyss. It’s one of the Mastery of Self-Expression workshops. I have to say, I haven’t had that much fun with a group of complete strangers in a long time. My mouth hurt from laughing so much and smiling so hard. I told Baby it was like kindergarten for Adults.

For me the workshop was about being present in the moment. That’s the only place you can really live.

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This week’s poem isn’t a dropped page. It’s an included page from Her Red Book. It was randomly selected by Baby for the train tonight.

On the Day of the Great Miracle

She takes a cat’s eye view of birds
standing on the beach like so many refuges
waiting for the great beast
or angel or other end of the world

The form of the deity     in her head
full of priceless compassion

If they had hands
they would be sailors

It’s already a miracle she thinks
That they can just be     just wait
for the coming of the sea

Behind her the drift of road and vehicle
and the details of dreams
mornings of lemon pulp
afternoons of train conductors
evenings of kitchen drawers
Her liver and chest tight with the
poison of to-do

Today is Sunday and a new yellow stone
Yesterday a sliver of moon with hot and sour soup
A year ago this sun and sky and earth and birds
posed at the edge of the beach
with nothing on their minds
no words of regret on their beaks

Jump on the poetry train.


  1. Richard
    Feb 10, 2009

    Good morning from the other side – the mean, nasty, broke, and occasionally genius contiguous 48 – Seattle to be exact. Looks like I’m going to have a great time reading through your site, and coming up with 5 questions. But, it’s the dentist this morning, and hopefully your 5 this afternoon.

  2. openchannel
    Feb 10, 2009

    no hurry! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Thanks for the idea.

  3. angie
    Feb 11, 2009

    I lose a lot of time when I stumble across one of your poems. I start reading and fall in there somehow…and I come out the other side what-seems-like-hours later!

    I love “If they had hands/they would be sailors” 😉

  4. openchannel
    Feb 11, 2009

    angie… lol! i can advertise my poems as mini time-travel devices. 🙂

  5. gautami tripathy
    Feb 12, 2009

    Liked what angie said!


    Poetry Train: nature rules

  6. S.L. Corsua
    Feb 12, 2009

    Oh my, that first line! It blew me away, whew. (Made me grin wide, too.) And the third stanza, memorable. I see the birds — their posture, particularly — through the eyes of the woman in the poem. Cheers.

  7. Tumblewords
    Feb 12, 2009

    tight with the poison of to-do – excellent phrase. This poem contains layers of lovely.

  8. openchannel
    Feb 13, 2009

    Thanks, S.L. It was several years ago, but I remember the day.

    Tumblewords… “layers of lovely” (grin!)

  9. openchannel
    Feb 13, 2009

    Thanks, S.L. It was several years ago, but I remember the day.

    Tumblewords… “layers of lovely” (grin!)

    I still have to mail your book, Tumble, I’ll do that first thing next week if i can’t get to the P.O. tomorrow.

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