Poem of the week

Visiting Iowa

Sister Therese is from a small Iowa town just east of Dubuque. When Therese and Joan visited there, they hiked out to the north branch of the Maquoketa River and looked for wildflowers along the way. Joan wrote this poem:

The Maquoketa wanders still
among bluffs it long ago
wore away
muddy veins
slipping now around a bend
over old branches
in soft bottom land
a still point in the churning world
where childhood
always blooms again
purple violets, hepatica,
and shooting stars upright
in compost centuries old
where memories flit
from here to there
on newborn wings
and roots awaken
who we still are.
– Joan Mitchell, CSJ


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