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Laura Grace Weldon


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Are we supposed to settle for a planet
lagging behind our expectations?
We want reversible time,
admission into past or future
easy as changing our minds.
We want teleportation, so we can
zip anywhere for the afternoon,
maybe Iceland or Argentina,
where we'll make new friends,
agree to meet up for lunch
next week in Greece
on only an hour's break.

We want to get past
greed and suffering and war,
enough already.
And death? That's awfully primitive
for souls with so much left to learn.

That said, this planet does a lot right.
Birds, for one.
Water in all its perfect manifestations.
Those alive poems called trees.
The way a moment's glance
can reveal a kindred spirit.

Which we all are, really.
The oneness between self and everything
is this planet's secret, kept imperfectly.
That's more than we might expect.
Although time travel would be nice. 

This poem first appeared in the Writing for Peace annual journal.
Used here with the author’s permission.

 

 

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Laura Grace Weldon is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending, and a handbook of alternative education, Free Range Learning. She admits she would get more done if she didn't spend so much time reading library books, cooking weird things, and singing to livestock at her home in Litchfield, Ohio. Learn more about Laura at lauragraceweldon.com.

 

 

 

 


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wordlover:
This is an important poem. I am thrilled by it. I wish I had written it. Glad you did, Laura.
Posted 09/07/2016 10:07 AM
Dorcas:
Oneness between ourselves and everything. Unity broken down into reality.
Posted 09/06/2016 08:24 PM
jtmilford:
A wonderful poem about how everything is our kindred spirit. Thanks
Posted 09/06/2016 04:18 PM
Jancan:
I appreciate poems that are entertaining AND thought-provoking--like this one! Janice
Posted 09/06/2016 09:32 AM
KevinArnold:
Fun. Love Those alive poems called trees Funny wishes.
Posted 09/06/2016 09:00 AM
Katrina:
Thank you, Laura, for your grounding poem. Love to the birds.
Posted 09/06/2016 08:56 AM
hujsaked@aol.com:
Nice poem. Worth noting though we are time travelers. Step outside. We see stars as they were hundreds, thousands, even billions of years ago, not as the are
Posted 09/06/2016 08:54 AM
Larry Schug:
Awesome! I'd teleport with you anytime, just give me an hour's notice. You know of what you speak and say it so well.
Posted 09/06/2016 07:51 AM
blueskies:
Yes.Difficult to choose. Which line, if not all, are to be savored,embraced fully, celebrated...Great poem. Thanks,Laura Grace.
Posted 09/06/2016 06:54 AM
Newf:
What a wonderful poem to read with a very early coffee. I love lakes and oceans, I'm going to make a list of all that is wonderful in this imperfect world. Thank you Jane and Laura Grace. Beautiful name for a great poet.
Posted 09/06/2016 03:41 AM


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