Consolation: Poem of Joy by Johanna Ely

Consolation: Poem of Joy

Why would we ever
miss each other?
The yellow rose still
smells of sunlight
and miracles.
The lone egret still
balances on one leg,
your voice
my voice.
The water is
our resurrection-
healing the damned,
the innocent.
Everywhere is grace.
Caught on a spindle,
we spin in space.
I am light.
You are light.
Like two trees,
our branches bend
wildly in joy, in frenzy.
Find me everywhere
you find yourself.

by Johanna Ely

Editor’s Note: This ode’s opening lines grab the reader’s attention by asking for an active consideration of a relationship. Clever imagery guides the rest of the poem into an emotional dance.

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