Playing, Agnes Martin, 1993-1994 – a poem by Kyle Laws

Playing, Agnes Martin, 1993-1994

The gray strip under clouds plays with you
becomes darker and wider as it descends

comes on faster than you want
even though you are tired of watering the garden

want a relief from the obligation to nurture
want the rush to first snow

that will cover your faults and the heaviness
of fruit that weighed you down

brought you to your knees
still with a chance of seedlings in spring.


Kyle Laws read and responded to the psalms during her studies of contemplative prayer in the Benedictine tradition in monasteries in Colorado and New Mexico.  A number of the poems were published as Going into Exile, a chapbook supplement to the journal AbbeyOther collections include Ride the Pink Horse (Stubborn Mule Press), Faces of Fishing Creek (Middle Creek Publishing), So Bright to Blind (Five Oaks Press), and Wildwood (Lummox Press).    

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