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Friday, November 3, 2023

The Poetry Show: Deborah Gerrish -- Light in Light

Enlighten Radio Presents 

"I made you a poem packed with galaxies "


The Gift


Poet Deborah Gerrish (of New Jersey) joins Janet and John and reads from her new book, Light in Light

Broadcasts LIVE Wednesdays at 10 AM

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded 11/1/2023

The Gift

by Deborah Gerrish


The Gift

    ---For Gerald Stern   

    "The world is but canvas to our imaginations."
            —Henry David Thoreau

I made you a poem packed with galaxies
out of map-green tint from the nettle tree—
swaddled in bark of birch silky scent,
twined in spirals with milk-white parchment.
I stitched in bright berries from holly
the high-pitched qui-qui of brown coqui,
wove diaphanous shells of cicadas
falling chimes of rain from La Paz,
robed it with flossy ribbons
of peony petals and phlox.
Another world of other worlds I place
on your doorstep in the evening’s haze.
Quietly. Listen past the music against
the scented page—Let it whisper.


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