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.)



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.