Friday, March 9, 2012

Not only Human, Not Only Earth (Published Spring 2013,

This giant redwood tree we stumbled on
is old, so old it was a sapling when
Rome fell and Aztec still was spoken
in these woods
where we stood, my friend
and I, staring skyward,
she in quiet prayer and I musing
whether life's sundry forms 
prove it must be sprouting out there 
in countless starry gulches 
of the Milky Way and far beyond
in ways an earthly brain can’t fathom.
We know Earth shimmers with a beauty 
that’s finely tuned to human sensibility, 
but not only human, and surely 
not only Earth

 Copyright (c) 2012 Ellen McCarthy. All rights reserved.

The Connor Boy

He wasn't four long

before this bench

overlooking the lake

was dedicated in

loving memory

with a copper plaque

that won't last either.

We have to let go of everything.

 Copyright (c) 2012 Ellen McCarthy. All rights reserved.