January 2, 2013

In Poetry: Migrations Reading at the MAC Gallery in Grand Rapids

In Poetry
Sheila Packa

to write is an act of courage
to overcome
doubt, teasing, distraction
to claim solitude
to be awake
and give your body to
both the past and the present
to see, to hear, to touch
to taste, to smell
to write is to become empty
cross the threshold
of the simultaneous
giving birth and dying
to write is to know the imperfect
as beautiful
to find yourself
when all else is lost
to trust
amid a sea of noise
your own voice
unlike any other
and know that is a gift

copyright 2012

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