The Way Home
In this place joy is our birthright.
We don't need to kneel all night
on the closed stones, paying our way
with tears. Come to the clear light.
The wild irises stand on the slopes
each one holding her breath. We can fly
arms open, empty handed, into this story
where the stars catch in our hair
& banners are haven, glory, heart's rest
Nothing else to remember.
(it was printed in a little magazine out of the Mendocino region called Sojourn Magazine, not to be confused with the fine Christian activist magazine with a similar name. Reading this poem now I see I owe quite a debt here to Mary Oliver's poem about how one doesn't have to be good.)