A poem, at least, is a mindful pause
watching for the hungry stir
of attention, feline playing
with the day.
Or sliding the silver moments in a stack
across the flat green of Now
placing all your bets on Red or Green
ink on a page – it is shutting away
that nag of a conscience in the mind’s broom closet
ignoring the din; easing the fear
of the wasted moment with the pen’s ingenuity.
It is drawing the map as you go (like Harold’s
purple crayon) creating the landscape
then moving on.
It is squeezing life’s lemons into something
you can offer to the world.
Catherine McGuire is a writer and artist with a deep concern for our planet's future. She has four decades of published poetry, in publications including New Verse News, FutureCycle, Portland Lights, Fireweed, and on a bus for Poetry In Motion. She has four poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry book, Elegy for the 21st Century (FutureCycle Press). A deindustrial science fiction novel Lifeline was just released by Founders House Publishing. Find her at www.cathymcguire.com.