Poems by Ellen McCarthy

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Not Only Earth

by Ellen McCarthy

From Canary Spring 2013

Ellen lives in the San Francisco Bay watershed, the most beautiful place she has ever seen.

This giant we stumbled on is
old, so old it was a sapling when
Rome fell and Aztec still was spoken
in these woods

where we stood, my friend
and I, staring skyward,

she in quiet prayer and I musing
whether life's dogged sundry forms 
prove it must be sprouting 
in countless starry gulches 

of the Milky Way and far beyond
in ways an earthly brain can’t fathom.

We know Earth shimmers with a beauty 
that’s finely tuned to human sensibility, 
but not only human, and surely 
not only Earth




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