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For When People Ask

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For When People Ask

I want a word that means
   okay and not okay,
 	a word that means
devastated and stunned with joy.
   I want the word that says
 	I feel it all all at once.
The heart is not like a songbird
   singing only one note at a time,
 	more like a Tuvan throat singer
able to sing both a drone
   and simultaneously
 	two or three harmonics high above it—
a sound, the Tuvans say,
   that gives the impression
 	of wind swirling among rocks.
The heart understands the swirl,
   how the churning of opposite feelings
 	weaves through us like an insistent breeze
leads us wordlessly deeper into ourselves,
   blesses us with paradox
 	so we might walk more openly
into this world so rife with devastation,
   this world so ripe with joy.

This poem is from A Hundred Falling Veils. It is reproduced here with permission.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives on the banks of the wild San Miguel River in southwest Colorado with her husband and daughter. She co-hosts Emerging Form (a podcast on creative process), Secret Agents of Change (a surreptitious kindness cabal) and Soul Writer’s Circle. Her poetry has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, PBS News Hour, O Magazine, American Life in Poetry, on Carnegie Hall stage, and on river rocks she leaves around town. Her collection Hush won the Halcyon Prize. Naked for Tea was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award. She believes in practice, and since 2006, she’s written a poem a day. These can be read on her blog, A Hundred Falling Veils. Her daily audio series, The Poetic Path, can be found on the Ritual app on your phone. Her new book for writers, Exploring Poetry of Presence II: Prompts to deepen your writing practice is available the first week of May, 2023. And her most recent poetry collection, All the Honey, comes out April 18.
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