THE STILL TIME
I know there is still time--
time for the hands
to open, for the bones of them
to be filled
by those failed harvests of want,
the bread imagined of the days of not having.
Now that the fear
has been rummaged down to its husk,
and the wind blowing
the flesh away translates itself
into flesh and the flesh
streams in its reveries on the wind.
I remember those summer nights
when I was young and empty,
when I lay through the darkness
I would have nothing of anything I
that total craving
that hollows the heart out irreversibly.
So it surprises me now to hear
the steps of my life following me--
so much of it gone
it returns, everything that drove me crazy
comes back, blessing the misery
of each step it took me into the world;
as though prayer had ended
and the changed air between the palms goes free
to become the glitter
on common things that inexplicably shine.
And all the old voices,
which once made broken-off, choked, parrot-
this time on the palatum cordis, all of them
saying there is time, still time,
for those who can groan
for those who can sing to heal themselves.
Take out a pen and paper. Using Kinnell's poem as inspiration, begin taking full, deep breaths, letting the air stretch out your diaphragm. Then write down the words "When I was young and empty...." Write whatever bursts forth from your breath. John Lee, "Writing From The Body"