Kim Goldberg | Nanaimo, BC | LCP member since 2008


#17. Push boat with flow of water

if you want to mend a cloth to
preserve it, you must send a thread
through a tiny hole in a needle
called an eye

if you want to replicate the world
to preserve it, you  must send photons
through a tiny hole in a box
called an aperture

if you want to replicate yourself
to preserve it, you must send sperm
through a tiny hole between your legs
called a vagina

when cloth gets old, world breaks
down, body’s gone to wormbait

all that’s left are  tiny holes
where light shines through

forming star-pricked sky for
creatures threading needles

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From Ride Backwards on Dragon (Pig Squash Press).

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Kim Goldberg’s 2007 collection, Ride Backwards on Dragon: a poet’s journey through Liuhebafa, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her collection of poems about homelessness, RED ZONE, has been taught at Vancouver Island University and elsewhere. Visit her online at: http://liuhebafagirl.wordpress.com/

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7 Responses to Kim Goldberg | Nanaimo, BC | LCP member since 2008

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  2. David Fraser says:

    I like this poem, Kim. From stardust to stardust, worms to worm’s meat, eventually despite the mending.

  3. wendy morton says:

    ah, Kim, worms and stars. Magic.

  4. hg says:

    Ah, ain’t this poetry month blog a grand idea! If only we could have it all year long.

  5. Penn Kemp says:

    DeLIGHTfull poem, Kim!!

  6. Andrew Brown says:

    Reminds of Leonard Cohen’s song- “there’s a crack that runs through everything/that’s where the light gets in/that’s where the light gets in”…do you know the song? I can’t think of the title right now. Good one. Cheers, Andrew

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