Poems by Mary Krane Derr

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What is Your Personal Connection to the Ocean?

by Mary Krane Derr

From Canary Autumn 2009

Mary lives down the block from a sandy-soiled community garden near astounding tons of old glacial melt, namely Lake Michigan.

Birthed out my mother's small
upside-down chalice of it,
I ran down and down to the Sea
to keep on hearing it waving
without fail, through selfsame
saltwater, the Great Great
Original Heartbeat, a pregnant woman’s
drummed to some billionth power.

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