Author: Beth Maiden
2. without positive obsession there is nothing at all
25. Cast on new ground
29. The rest of what we need
39. kindness eases change
57. self is
65. there is nothing alien about nature
Words: Octavia E Butler
66. earthseed is adulthood
oh, i could tell it so many ways.
new year (2023)
i'm here. i have not moved yet. i am afraid to.
a head start on death
with him barely
sipping the pale air
it is the day the spiders hatched.
my house will have no sign
you will not find it by name or number.
being with things
once more with feeling:
[bellowing] you do not have to be good
branta came that night. paddled right up beside her in a tree-trunk canoe, offering a name.
on windy days the sea-wives would be busy with the boats, endlessly working ropes and sails. the woman learned to be useful.
on the calmer days they would rest.
«mother doesn’t give a shit.»
the woman brushed the wet sand from her dress. the pair walked on in silence
the woman walked south
along the high cliff path
one day the woman awoke
i dreamed my name
i dreamed my mother
i dreamed i was a rotting log
the woman remembered
the swivel of shod hooves on the dusty road,
once there was a woman who lived alone
self-portrait with ghost
they hadn't spoken in 40 years.