Dear Reed Canyon

Dear Reed Canyon



I circle you as time circles history
first with one dog, then two, then none.

We accept each other’s changes.
The salmon flash through, fighting

for their lives. The nutria are trapped
with apples and sent away.

Your waters rush and pool, rush and pool.
By the stepped rocks, Henry loved to drop his ball

then retrieve it where it bubbled up downstream.
The whole canyon was painted with his joy then.

Today, sun breaks through your canopy and skips
along the surface of things. Morning placid as a poem

not yet traveled, its mirror face undisturbed.
The geese sing their chorus of wings.

The toads whisper what toads know.
I walk the perimeter I am allowed where

days before my son was born, a spider
once bit my neck. Spider, weaver of fate.

This is how we are blessed. What hurts us
also heals us. The ancient heron lifts

its improbable wings and enters
the plain welcome of sky.

About Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen is the author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World from Queen of Wands Press and the nonfiction books Fierce on the Page, The Productive Writer, and Writing the Life Poetic, all from Writer’s Digest Books. Her award-winning poetry, essays, and fiction have been published widely. Sage is a graduate of Brown University and the Creative Writing Program at NYU where she was awarded a full fellowship. For more, visit sagecohen.com.

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