teach me reeds*

May 22, 2011

Norman L. Green reads his winning poem, teach me reeds

2011 Walk Award
By Norman L. Green

teach me reeds

a wind instrument
held to the right lips by the right hands
is a communication tube to the divine.

the people
who have given themselves to reed instruments
are fully surrendered priests of sound.

the note
held all by itself must tell
a complete story of surrender and confession.

The bend between two notes
is a bridge between seconds.
Looking down from this span

one sees into multiple worlds,
feels their intersections
loses the fear of falling — cultivates opportunities to fall.

cut me with a reed at each end,
and let the breath
pass through.

*Copyright 2011 by Norman L. Green. Photo by Nancy Canyon.

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