Friday, June 19, 2020

Poetry Friday: A Small Needful Fact, by Ross Gay




A Small Needful Fact
by Ross Gay


Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,...


(Karen here ... it's such a short poem that I can't share much without violating copyright, so let's jump to the final lines, which are heart-wrenchingly — again, and again, and again, and again, and again — relevant.) 

... like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.

(Read the whole thing here.)

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6 comments:

jama said...

Beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Love Ross Gay's work! Great sign in the photo, too: "Everyone vs. Racism"

penelope said...

Thank you Karen,for choosing this poem to share :-)

Janice Scully said...

Thank you for sharing this powerful poem. I read the entire piece and I love that Eric Garner can be remembered for his work growing beautiful plants and contributing to his community. I am glad to learn more about who he was, a man killed as if he didn't matter.

Karen Edmisten said...

Yes,love him, Jama!

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks, Penelope, as always, for taking the time to stop by. :) xo

Karen Edmisten said...

Thanks, Janice. Powerful indeed and says so much in so few words.