It Is Enough by Anne Alexander Bingham

To know that the atoms
of my body
will remain

to think of them rising
through the roots of a great oak
to live in
leaves, branches, twigs

perhaps to feed the
crimson peony
the blue iris
the broccoli

or rest on water
freeze and thaw
with the seasons

some atoms might become a
bit of fluff on the wing
of a chickadee
to feel the breeze
know the support of air

and some might drift
up and up into space
star dust returning from

whence it came
it is enough to know that
as long as there is a universe
I am a part of it.

It Is Enough

With the recent revelation of the Webb Telescope photos giving us access to another world so far beyond our own, this poem caught my attention. I love how Bingham weaves our earthly presence with that of distant stars and concludes that it is enough that our atoms will remain in some form.

It is her belief that the atoms / of my body / will remain, will rise up through the roots of a great oak, to feed the leaves, the flowers, even the common broccoli, or perhaps as water, to freeze and thaw / with the seasons. A life beyond death if you will.

She imagines that some of our atoms might become a bit of fluff on the wing / of a chickadee, carried and supported by a breeze, some even drifting up and up into space. She is asking us to imagine becoming star dust returning from / whence it came.

For the poet, she is satisfied to know that as long as there is a universe, she belongs; as atoms, as star dust, she is part of it. Look again, perhaps you can find yourself in one of those photos.

8 thoughts on “It Is Enough by Anne Alexander Bingham

  1. I agree, Jan, the Webb photos have sent me into thoughts of space and my place in it. All those sparkly lights, spinning galaxies and clouds of gasI The out-breath of God. I welcome the idea of being dust on a chickadee’s wing. Wonderful poem. Thank you.

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