We are grateful to Gary Margolis, Executive Director Emeritus of the Middlebury College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures, for sharing his new poem with us.
For As Long As You Need Them To
You say your church is weeding
on your knees in the garden.
Listening to the hummingbird
whir her wings. Burying a bulb
the voles ate, when there was a break
in winter. You say I can pray any time
I want to, inside a mosque,
a synagogue, a church. Or whispering
to myself. I wish the clouds would
unveil the sun. God is dirt
you say. Stones, worms
and rain. Every one syllable
word. And longer ones. Say
sentiment and sentimentality
and then say seed, dig and hole.
And come back in, when it rains
so hard, you have nothing more
to pray to the earth and your
mud gods, you tell me, will stay
caked to your boots, for as long
you need them to.