it is how our footsteps alter the flurries
how we move through the breeze
in the boughs of our hope.
when time stops in the sideways glance
you will find me in the missed heartbeat
see me in the many moons of your longing
in the place where words fail us
with a sharp astute parlance and
war is upon us and the sun sets black
under the yoke of
a darkening century
we are going nowhere fast.
in storms and tornados
of prognosis and forecasts
over a horizon of planted crosses
the weather turns passive aggressive on us.
and there is no way we can say such things
about the weather
as we forget how to move through the elements
that we are.
it’s up to you and I what we’ll do
in this tortured oil-spilled winter.
where even in sleep
loneliness alters us re-interprets us
how I even begin to smile at people
in my dreams.
how a little bit of light brings nuance to the shutter
in the prolonged exposure photography of grief
where the struggling light shreds
the clouds of our sorrow
into the rags of tomorrow
you will also find me here waiting
This poem was inspired by the poem Angst by Alexander Block (1880-1921) and it was published in Ping Pong: An Art and Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Memorial Library (Big Sur, California, 2014).
Daniela Elza lived on three continents before immigrating to Canada in 1999. Her poetry collections are the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011), milk tooth bane bone (2013), and the broken boat (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2020). slow erosions (a chapbook written in collaboration with poet Arlene Ang) is coming out with Collusion Books (2020). Daniela also has essays forthcoming in The Queen’s Quarterly and Riddle Fence.
Watch Your Head is an online anthology of creative works devoted to the climate crisis and climate justice.
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