Six Questions Now Answered

by Karla Linn Merrifield

You taught me turtle
how to take each step
along the side
of the road
a poem’s line forward
to my destination
what I learned
is to sleep
inside myself
at the end of the day
of the poem
and wake early
when I may taste the dew
and read anew my words
at winter solstice
I know why we hibernate
where the soul goes
in late December
and who you are
beneath your shell
inside your poetry

A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and 2009 Everglades National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has had poetry appear in dozens of publications as well as in many anthologies. She has five books to her credit, including Godwit: Poems of Canada, which received the 2009 Andrew Eiseman Writers Award for Poetry. She is poetry editor of Sea Stories, and book reviewer and assistant editor for The Centrifugal Eye, and moderator of the poetry blog Smothered Air She teaches at Writers & Books, Rochester, NY.

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