Platinum Pt, 78


 Life is nothing more than this; we are either

the shaker or the thing that shakes.

Add me up and you’ll find I’m precious, rare,

but highly unreactive. Divide me

by desire, see how I neatly fit around

your finger.  I long for a box to climb into,

a bed of a tissue folded in half—I am soft,

will bond easily with you.

Want to be all I am. Nothing more.

A catalyst.  A spark.

The silvery light that lingers,

sweet and dreaming.

Julia Klatt Singer

Julia Klatt Singer is the poet in residence at Grace Neighborhood Nursery School and a rostered artist for Compas. She is co-author of Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul, (Coffee House Press), and author of three books of poetry; In the Dreamed of Places, (Naissance Press), A Tangle Path to Heaven, and Untranslatable, (North Star Press). She has co-written two dozen songs with composer Tim Takach and Jocelyn Hagen. Her son likes to describe her as a long-haired, sweater wearing, wild-eyed poet and thief.
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