Shining Rock Poetry Anthology

"When Love" by Alicia Ostriker

when love floods a person
            it cuts
a canyon

that deepens year after year
            carrying silt
away leaving

the essential person
letting everyone see

the layers of yellow
            sandstone, red basalt
grey granite

when love washes over a person
                        it washes
the person away

Copyright C 2021 by Alicia Ostriker.  Originally published in Poem-a-Day on April 5, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
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