Winds of Change: On Poetry and Sailing Great Salt Lake

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Winds Of Change By Dave Christensen On a windy day as light burnt away they shot arrows, refilling their bows again and again, But I am still standing. Sticks blew from turbulence in a cyclone of expletives. Stones whipped by whirlwinds tried smashing my pride, yet my bones remained unbroken. My neck stiffened – bruised, … Read moreWinds of Change: On Poetry and Sailing Great Salt Lake

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Sanctuary: The First Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize

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Editor’s Note: I am pleased and honored to feature Hikmet Loe, an “artist, writer, and teacher whose work draws inspiration from the smaller patterns found in the larger environment and from the changeable nature of land, water, and sky.”  She was instrumental in FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake’s work to launch the first Great Salt … Read moreSanctuary: The First Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize

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Migration

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Perfect for fall, this poem by Chelsea Nelson at Heartbeat Nosh evokes the unimaginable magnitude of what the birds are doing this time of year: flying thousands of miles nonstop just following the sunlight.

migration

Migration

By Chelsea Nelson

While in flight, we can sleep,
turn off half our winged brains
with the shutting of one eye –
and still glide over oceans
during warm thermal currents,
enlarging our hearts in weight.
A nine second break to replenish,
rest, and wane.

To reverse a sleep pattern,
to waken when sleep wants to
overtake, must take the strength
that only one hundred mid-flight
slumbers can provide.
This journey means life and
after all, we can sleep like
the dead when the thousands of
miles are behind our tail feathers.

Often, we are nothing more than
common birds, hovering over
sun-warmed tides that carry
us when our wings begin to
thicken with fatigue. But when
we cross the Atlantic in just one
sunrise to the next, we are nothing
less than songbirds creating
time and space between each
unilateral eye closure.

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