What can three women leaning
over small seeds they have sown
hear from dirt’s persistent birth
that a straighter back would miss?
If ever they could relax,
and out of rest find meaning,
would they teach us how to pray
for mercy and forgiveness?
I doubt any wiser words
have been spoken by a man
in his world domination
than what’s left these women’s lips --
gems gathered from the gleaning
and the tending of the earth.
Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum
Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum is a writer and teacher born and raised in Alaska. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a B.A. in English and Japanese Studies. She currently publishes books through Red Sweater Press and serves as the Mat-Su Vice President of Alaska Writers Guild.
The Ekphrastic Review
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