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Saturday, July 26, 2014

In the Red Tent


For Children The Gates of Paradise


From the red tent under the sycamore, amid the hustle
of Science Square and spirit-led Quaker community,
we poets hear “The Circle Game” play in the distance.   
A caterpillar line dances down my arm.
Our feet are in cut grass, dead leaves, broad-leaf plantain and clover.
The sessions sit in us; I feel God’s presence in my belly.
 
We are, as our incoming General Secretary said:
“a powerful, needed, gathered people.”
We are, as our Clerk noted, the same
on both sides of the podium.  We do
the business of our meetings where
no one thinks to minute Trayvon Martin.
 
See where new actions must begin
to re-direct our great body?
Our transforming outer skin is
a slow-moving giant who needs its muscle and heart,
its expanding lungs, its roots in the earth,
its molecules alive and ready to dare.





Posted in Poets United Poetry Pantry #211.


  Copyright © 2014  S.L.Chast




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

World UFO Day

Today at Poets United, I included a poem of mine in Midweek Motif ~ Half Year and also World UFO Day.  



Consider the poem I wrote:

UFOs exist
only if we see them
which makes themquite
different from God and leaves
and friends and hearts
which cannot be
hidden

Once seen
even the worlds
of fiction are aware of
us watching and comparing
but UFO’s can even leave
alien visitors invisibly—
without a story they
cannot exit



Versus the one I revised and published as part of the prompt Midweek Motif ~ Half Year and also World UFO Day:


What Exists
BY SUSAN CHAST  © 2014

UFOs exist
only if we see them
which makes them quite
different from God and leaves
and friends and hearts
which cannot be
locked up.

Even worlds
of fiction have properties
of reality no matter how far-fetched
but UFOs from afar and their
uninvited guests—
(we are told) do
  not exist. 



What do you think?  "Hidden" or "Locked up"?  "Once seen" or "Even worlds"?  "Aware of watching" or "reality"?  

Which is more ironic?

What's your UFO story?