ISSUE 1: SUMMER 2015 / POETRY / SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

“Survive, Soil, Repeat” by Iris De Anda

BY IRIS DE ANDA

the days are long gone
for cutting daises
putting one in your hair
as you strut down the street
with nowhere to be but the coffee shop
reading a book or eating day old pizza
now you must turn the dirt in your garden
plant deep dreamseeds
ideally, the planting would have happened long ago
so now you just water the soil
talk to the leaves
repeat
everyday after sundown
you see now it’s about
survival
finding nourishing people and places
drink tea instead of tequila
travel more worry less
repeat
travel inward listen more
survival
the things one should do to make it through
this labyrinth of city blues
go, go, go
where to?
stay put
tampoco
it’s a dance
this putting one foot
in front of the other
it’s okay to dance alone
do things alone
adventure in your own backyard
if there is no garden begin
pick out the land
stand barefoot on its wet mud
imprint love
this will feed you
in the years ahead

Iris De Anda, writer, activist, practitioner of the healing arts, host of The Writers Underground Open Mic every Third Thursday of the month at Eastside Cafe. Author of CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon. 

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