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Saturday book feature — On Shifting Shoals — Joanne Durham

Words Matter: Choose Wisely

says the sign on the red and white cooler
in my neighbor’s front yard. Kids on bikes, curious
walkers, tourists who wander off the beach
lift the creaky top. We find smooth stones,
egg-sized, still heavy with the mountain
they long ago deserted, each painted
with a word. Should I prop open my door
with imagination, anchor fly-away papers
with song, or ponder oblivious and obvious
as bookends? Sunrise could last all day
on the mantel, and I could fiddle with detrimental
in my jacket pocket without causing harm. Visitors
will surely depart with dolphins
nestled in duffle bags, a teenager will tuck courage
under her pillow. I choose wisely,
so understanding remains
for the home that needs it most.

by Joanne Durham from On Shifting Shoals (Kelsay Books 2023)

Cover design: Shay Culligan, Image: Joanne Durham

Buy Link: https://www.joannedurham.com/poetry-books


One response to “Saturday book feature — On Shifting Shoals — Joanne Durham”

  1. crsunde Avatar

    Such fun- with-words poem,

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