I lay my pebbles down, the few I gathered.
The smooth and sparkle of the trail, I must confess,
is what I stole, like the tiny soap from that hotel.
Lay the feather from a bird I cannot name
at my feet, because I am inside,
away from the wind, the rain, the sun.
Lay the curled, dry, ulna-length piece of root
on the mantle, and the straight white bone
of something, again, I cannot name.
Yes, a guilty glance at all the little things
I carried for a time, but no time compared
to what brought them to the place where I found them.
Because I could. Pick them up. Turn them over in my hand.
Think about all that transpired before my step
into the space they occupied without me for so long.
Like church, like a prayer, like a song,
I think, because they all mean something,
they all belonged to a place, a time, an earthly moment.
My voice is imposed, even when I whisper,
remember, that their silence is not mine,
but I want somehow to claim, “I am not a thief.”
Michelle Holland lives and writes in Chimayo, New Mexico, and teaches at Los Alamos High School. Her books include the New Mexico Book Award winning collection, The Sound a Raven Makes, Tres Chicas Press 2007; and Chaos Theory, Sin Fronteras Press, 2009.
She is an active participant (Treasurer) in the good actions of New Mexico Literary Arts along with poets Joan Logghe, Anne Valley Fox, JB Bryan (La Alameda editor & publisher), Gary Glazner, our friend Don McIver, and others.
And besides admiring and picking up actual bits of nature, as, probably, all of us do, she is a first-class runner and, in fact, champ, the first woman to finish, in the National Senior Olympic 10K road race, Cleveland, Ohio 2013. This victory follows on her recent 5 gold medal performance in NM. Michelle is a champ as runner and poet. Thank you Michelle for your contribution to Albuquerque's Sunday Poem. Larry Goodell
Michelle (New Mexico) -- Gold on the podium after the 10K Road Race, with Joanna Brell (Ohio) -- Silver, and Kimberlyn McCormick (Mississippi) -- Bronze at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio, 2013.
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