There’s something about Bonnie Larson Staiger’s poem “Still” that reminds me of summer evenings where the heat of the day begins to break and the North Dakota wind (always more than a breeze) brings a bit of relief.
With all the chaos in the world today, maybe “Still” will offer a moment of reflective calm even in the face of continuing gusts.
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after Mike Arnautov’s “Meditation”
Just as your meditation brings fragments
to me—a someone on the other shore
same waning moon over my Missouri
River of rivers and wind dying down
from unquiet gusts on summer evenings.
A conflagration could bring us nearer
tame our impatient minds so we could teach
each other to listen to boundless peace
of words and greet a myriad of lights
just before the air awakens at dawn.
Bonnie Larson Staiger is a North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate, the recipient of the ‘Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Prize (NDSU Press, 2018) and the ‘Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite’ (2019) for her collection, Destiny Manifested. She often writes of the poignant subtleties of life on the high plains.