Close to the Sky

View from the Roundhouse, Ocean Shores. Photo by Sarah Temporal.

My poem ‘Close to the Sky’ is one I always enjoy performing, and I was thrilled when it was selected for publication in the online women’s journal Not Very Quiet. I first wrote the poem as a gift to my husband, recalling how we fell in love at the same time as his prognosis with chronic illness became dire.

Read the poem in issue 5 here.

The landscapes of our home in the Northern Rivers, and the sacred mountain Wollumbin where this conversation took place, wove their way into the poem. Issue 5 was called Earth Poems, and took as inspiration the woman who ignited the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson. The editors said they “looked for strong, original, well-crafted poems that explore the connections women have with the earth, and the energy and joy that can come from these connections” (Tricia Dearborn).

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