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From: Vol.10 N.01 – The Transformative Now

Choir of Bones

by Carolyn Kesterman
Pull the languages of our ancestors 
From the marigolds bound across your wayward path.
She awaits you.
From the days you strung clover into crowns,
Her answers have been promised on the wind.
You’ve heard her when the moon is full.
You’ve joined her dance on the water.

Every time I abandon her mysteries for logic,
That song returns in the form of a dappled sky,
Pushing my pen with or without my aid.
She’ll draw beauty from the deadest cells.
She knows where the wick stays green.

Under a kaleidoscope of stars,
She recounts the harmonies I’d forgotten,
Timbres bright in my blood.
This wandering choir of bones,
A transit for the history of the human race.
In our most magic moments,
We are the rhythm and the verse.
We are the breath between notes.

Close the miles and lend your tears to the descant.
Shed your fears and caution 
To show us the visions you slip into after work.
Ride the tremulous bonds bridging what was
And what fantasies you were born upon
To sculpt a midsummer dream you can sink your teeth into.

Graphite and tea.
Bare feet on the porch.
There’s everywhere to go and endless roads.
Someday you’ll take them all.
Somehow you already have.
Published: June 2023
Carolyn Kesterman

is a young writer from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, whose poetry and fiction have appeared in seven publications, including Issue 64.2 of The Poet’s Touchstone, the 2020 Issue of pacificREVIEW, and Issue 49 of The Notre Dame Review. The common thread in her work is hope; she likes to explore the ways people heal themselves and each other. Often, the natural world plays a part in this, as it’s her greatest inspiration—the bulk of her work has been written on her porch between glances at the trees. She lives on Myaamia and Shawnee lands.

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.