one crow sorrow two crows joy

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From the book, SHE IS READING HER BLANKET WITH HER HANDS 

by SHARRON PROULX-TURNER

 

one crow sorrow two crows joy

 

for joy hendrickson-turner

green in the hills 

like lines in a long & sensuous poem 

each one a careful reflection of the next 

sisters walking & something about crows & sand & clams & black bear beach, about rapid rivers & rivers wide as lakes. these were the beauties for us, the peace. the sand from the beach, coarse & hot & cleans the feet in seconds. acorns from a grandmother oak, leaves bigger than men's hands. those great trees, the oaks & the maples & the white pines, growing in our backyard, our schoolyard & us playing marbles in the sand, making necklaces from pine needles, elegant & long. climbing trees. hiding in the bushes. kick the can all the way through to the big kids' school. 

we've walked together in all weather 

in blizzards, laughing in the cold 

in hail, running for shelter 

in the company of birds 

crows & hawks & ravens 

magpies & whiskeyjacks & geese 

osprey in the hot, hot sun 

& chickadees in the bitter cold 

we've walked through the chill of our childhoods 

& into a prairie meadow 

filled with the healing power of sage 

of sweetgrass all around 

& there your beauty  

is intensified by your smile 

your most excellent sense of humour 

I remember when you were born 

your smell after coming home from hospital 

the smell of new life 

of what joy can mean 

in an embodied way 

if I were to express my love for you, I would walk with you on the side of a mountain, the snow deep & us pumping our way from camera to tree, camera to tree, trying to take a photo, our footprints deep & slow & our laughter all around. the air there, in those mountains, has a quality that's hard to describe - an intelligence & a voice, a story. & the two mountains with us in the photo, like sisters reflected in each other's home.  

high on a mountain 

laughing 

where a single moment 

is worth more 

in that instant 

than years of not knowing

 

she is reading her blanket with her hands 

ISBN: 978-1-897181-18-8 

Price: $15.95  

http://frontenachouse.com

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