wanting – a poem by Melanie Green

yeah you want calm
sit still    nubbly peace encampment
‘round the campfire
       minaret and mint tea,
to heed the call,
   before   original green,
moss, fern, tree.
and yeah    you want
pogo stick
and downhill ski,
cowboy boot   swagger shimmy
sassafras root,
           and motorcycle throttle
you be   the wanting?
or you be
    the field
where wanting
say   hello
   say goodbye
the redeliver
   come    and go.

Melanie Green‘s most recent poetry collection, A Long, Wide Stretch of Calm was published by The Poetry Box of Beaverton, Oregon. The titles of her earlier collections are: Continuing Bridge and Determining Sky. She is a resident of Portland, Oregon. 

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