Nov/Dec 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 6 Poetry |

The Earth’s Day

Grain and water keep us alive  — like plants, we drink the sunlight —  then, too, ballad and lullaby. With animals, really, coincident. Plants sip up the sunlight. The clouds drink from rivers. With animals coincident, The rivers drink from storms. The clouds drink from rivers again. The children, from their mamas. The rivers drink from storms and on. The mamas, from the stars. The children drink mamas’ milk. Mamas’ milk is light and tempest. The mamas drink from the stars. The stars drink from where Mamas’ milk is light and tempest just as grain and water keep us alive. The stars drink from where we drink from ballad and lullaby.

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Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn’s tenth collection of poetry Foreign Bodies will be out in 2020. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York.

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