Starting with the Given

Holly Anderson

Holly Anderson


The solid ground

on which we stand

out of which the tree grows

granite enduring the onslaught of time

loam so fertile the daffodil grows wild

clay of which Adam is made

the rib of Eve’s rib

all dust in the end



The shifting pool

by which we watch

wave upon wave tide to tide

torn apart by the wind yet forever whole

darker than night yet lighter than a cloud

flowing blood in Adam’s vein

issue of Eve’s curse

Leviathan’s home 



The land’s end

where our dreams begin

current on which an eagle rides

eternal custodian of the morning’s sunrise

mysterious keeper of the moon-lit galaxies

flowing breath of Adam’s soul

whisper of Eve’s prayer

gateway of glory

      “[Paradise] has a poem’s characteristics:inspiration;

starting with the given; unexpected harmonies; revelations.”

~ Denise Levertov


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to Starting with the Given

  1. it carried me away


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