In the Face of Splendor

Kristy Hellum

Take your grief seriously.
Become the ash urn
For the vanishing wilderness.
Despair for the Dolphins.
Make your own salt water
for the disappearing marshes.
The silent Earth is listening.
Be called to outrageous acts of despair
And then,
every now and again,
In the faceĀ of splendor,
Turn towards it.

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