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DB Jonas is an orchardist and writer living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico. Born in California in 1951, he was raised in Japan and Mexico, was educated at the Universities of California (Irvine) and Padova, Italy, and earned postgraduate degrees at Princeton and Yale. After a long career in business and the sciences, he has returned to an early avocation in poems. His work will appear in Consilience Journal in October, 2021.

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AT A CLEARING IN THE PUSZCZA BIAŁOWIESKA

On reading Nelly Sachs


It seems we’ll always find this place

where voices drift like ashfall in the light

to build our house upon the lifted bone

that’s gently penetrated mud and stone

 

where the angel slips its slender song

beneath the tightly shingled dream of days

to scan the sand-strewn, patterned sky

for answers only questions can supply.

 

She loosens all your hands have gathered,

she teaches breath again its timorous tune,

the knowledge of these timid tongues,

the silent hands to which this earth belongs.

 

Walk lightly therefore on the listening ground,

breathe softly in this wounded air,

and prepare to bear the wondrous weight

of plundered tooth, the gleam of gathered hair.