REST ON THE EARTH
remember a sapling a dog a field
it is enough or too much
wild and wanting ripening
we grow apart the ocean it was became me
trees depend on your darkness
I feel the world explode or disappear
I let it
you reappear riding a rabbit
a small thing
the field needs a revolution
I feel the need to stomp and gallop
the field rides me
SOURCE: McKuen, Rod. Celebrations of the Heart. Simon and Schuster, 1975.
METHOD: This poem is a condensed erasure of one section of Rod McKuen’s 1975 collection Celebrations of the Heart. While I usually do erasures from prose sources, I found this book in my parents’ basement and it presented a true challenge and opportunity for transformation.
M.A. Scott is a paralegal, clarinets, collagist, and poet who likes to spend time with trees. Her poems can be found in The Adirondack Review, Heron Tree, Dream Pop Journal, and elsewhere.
Photo by Jonas Weckschmied