Poem of the Week: “Yes” by Marvin Bell

We need to think of what might grow in the field

from our ashes, from the rot of our remains,

from tillage and spoilage, from the watery corn

plowed under. We need to picture lilies of the valley

and the hard weeds on the mountain haloed by clouds,

and the minutest beads of water as they roll up

into raindrops to replenish what we relinquished

through expiration. We have been breathing-in

the wild rosebuds and the spoor left by those who

avoid us, we have been to the sea and the forest

to learn who we are, and it is time to say yes

to the intangible reach of our being, the stirring

that sifts, pans and rearranges the billion parts

of us, who once thought we were goners.


(image property of Sarah Lattis Stone)

Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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