Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Stone Wall and Between Petals / Under Stars

Friday Poetry with James Goertel: Stone Wall and Between Petals / Under Stars

STONE WALL and BETWEEN THE PETALS/UNDER STARS from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under The Same Moon, offer personal and poignant Easter reflections.

Friday Poetry with James Goertel Stone Wall and Between Petals  Under Stars

An old Italian wall surrounded by flowers. Photo credit: wikipedia


And I have built a monument to myself, my struggle –

The winters weathered,
Summers sweltered through –

Dying a little with every autumn
But forever defying each year’s march toward death
With a spring in my step come Easter lilies’ reminder
Of the crosses we bear and the resurrections awaiting –

Rolling another rock away from a tomb of my own making,
Adding it to the long line of stones constructing this wall,
A humble cairn, a testament to dogged perseverance
Blending in with the changing seasons surrounding me –

The winters weathered,
Summers sweltered through –

Intimating I am still here, I was here, until I was not.


A little boy in Sunday-best
Staring out from a photograph,
Already searching for a portal
Between the petals
Of Easter flowers on an April day,
To move between the Earth and Sun
For a better look across the universe,
Through Milky Way and comet tail,
For a glimpse of a little girl, half orphaned,
In her new dress, crying by a door,
And wanting only to be by her father’s side
To say goodbye as the sun goes down,
Framed by a picture window,
Unsure it will ever come again,
Unaware of a little boy
Looking under stars
For a sunrise and her tomorrow.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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