NOT A STORY
Madelon Y. Bolling
Dazzled by words scattered
left and right, I can’t hold it together.
How could there be a beginning?
And if, in the middle, on the way,
I marveled at arching maroon
brambles and the skeletal remains
of some weed’s flower stalk,
I might think, I wish I knew their names—
maybe not their scientific names, Rubus ursinus
and Hypericum perforatum—
but the names their mothers used to comfort them
and encourage them to be.
Then the redwing blackbird
high on a barren maple
calls out his rising warble
to assure us that water is near,
Water is nea—rrr!
And geese confirm the notion.
I never wanted to leave the creek side
where I saw that first salamander
my mother lifted up on a little brass dustpan.
The dappled shade of hazels
had no beginning:
it held us close.
And though she is gone,
this has no end.
Madelon Y. Bolling’s poetry has been published in Duckabush Journal, Chambered Nautilus, Bellowing Ark, Seattle Review, and Floating Bridge Review. She holds doctorates in musicology and clinical psychology and has edited and contributed to academic and professional books and journals in various fields. After having taught and performed classical music most of her life, Madelon became a psychologist and began studying poetry with Nelson Bentley. She has done workshops with Dara Weir and Emily Warn. A long-time student of Zen, she currently works as a psychologist in Seattle.