PILLARS OF CREATION
Solar winds are blowing up
the pillars of the Eagle Nebula 7000
light years away from Eldon,
where terrestrial winds are shaping
this year’s Christmas Day, tossing
last fall’s leaves for Star to chase,
blowing hoods from heads,
and staggering us in our steps,
while a baby born more than 2000
years ago over 8000 km from here
reminds us of the fragile strength
of homo sapiens, and tells us
that the qualities in that child,
kindness, care, enlightenment,
are in us as well, not to be blown off
or measured up as of no account.
We keep on through the wind.
—Judy Gaudet. Conversation with Crows (Oberon Press) and 150+: Canada’s History in Poetry (Acorn Press, 2018) are Judy’s two most recent collections.
Each month Deirdre Kessler selects a poem by an Island poet for The Buzz.