PIYP Day 2019: Marilyn Bowering



by Marilyn Bowering


While he studies the stars outdoors, model airplanes spin
on fine webs in his room. Already he is lifting into the air,
wings on his heels, a small Hermes signaling to the Great Bear. 
He reaches the outermost planets, he passes the edges of travel,
and I can no longer steer him homeward.  

Still, they say a womb is like a lochan on a hill,
made of rills and rain and tears,
and I can watch him from there when I am water
as I was before 


Forthcoming in What is Long Past Occurs in Full Light (MotherTongue Publishing, Summer 2019).

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Marilyn Bowering is a poet and novelist who lives on Vancouver Island. 

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