Spiritual, supernatural, and mystical themes in poetry create a mood in which life seems dreamlike, less concrete. I’m tapping into the work of Louise Erdrich for inspiration today- and I’ve had owls on the brain so, without further ado, here is my NaPoWriMo poem:
in his wise, wide eyes.
He says he knows me.
He says he’s always known me-
we’ve always been friends.
Since back then, he says,
when the universe was young-
just a hot, dense point.
We were stardust then.
He blinks his wide eyes. He says
he’s always known me.
Today’s high-five goes to Louise Erdrich– I love her fiction- and have recently discovered her poetry, with its spot-on imagery and reverence for animals. My favorite poems from her collection Baptism of Desire are Angels, Owls and Bidwell Ghost . I’m fond of the way she celebrates the mystical within the natural world.
Here’s my favorite line from Angels (and no, I don’t love it simply because it is about cats):
“The cats wind together in the barn. Their weightless bodies fly across the field like scarves.”