July 26th and a message

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That’s the message. Thank you so much to my glorious friends who have sponsored me on this marathon. And as for the rest of you, it’s not too late to donate. 

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press the green button!

Just mention my name somewhere on the form, donate $18 or more, and you will receive my gratitude, and a copy of my new book: Mean Distance from the Sun. 

And now, the poem: 

Magpie / by Risa Denenberg

Once a hoard of curiosity, now heaps and piles. Once,
I knew what to save, now it’s every scrap and button.

I save dreams no one hopes to inherit—
I have breast cancer, I’m buried in rubble, I’m drowning. 

and senseless questions: if I were caged in a cell
without a sink, would I drink toilet water?

I should sort this damn nostalgia into mounds,
scorch the surplus in an enormous bonfire. Instead,

I pace all day searching for a once-orderly mind.
I cannot raze meager leftovers from those who’ve passed

or package debris for those ahead. Still, at times
I stumble on sudden beauty, a fragment, sparse gold.

 

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One Response to July 26th and a message

  1. Mark says:

    good, pounds of flesh.

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