want Promethean heat of summers
and the future stretching like a field with no fences.
I want dreams leaking into real time
turning darkness into a treasury of light.
want to shut out the yammer and slam around us
gossip stretching its three necks
tongues humming like locusts
during the first Pharonic plague.
want to shape a space for calm
and stand kneedeep in Mendelssohn and Mozart
singing stained glass cantatas
under haloes of the moon.
want to step out of windows
and drown in fire bursts of flowers
or strip the fuzz from the peach
and tongue the blush on the flesh below.
want the feeling
that we're quite ourselves again
resilient as earth
and moving like snails in slow motion lust
deep in the expectations of love.
will enter this amber life
will probe earth with blackened fingers
and swim across deep rivers
to the lost shores.
the unknowable mind of water.
I will write my name on the dune
with long fingers of sand.
there is no moon
and giants and dwarfs
people the planet.
will teach me to enter the world
away from the wind,
from the wild grass and the shadow dance of the earth.
will sit in the blind center of morning,
caged in light where clocks tick, cats purr and children
gift me with banquets of wild flowers
me a life beyond all life
where I move once more
mute among the hours.
Daigon was founder and editor of Poets On: for twenty years until
it ceased publication. She won "The Eve of St. Agnes Award
(Negative Capability) 1993. Her poems have been widely published:
Shenandoah, Negative Capability, Poet & Critic, Kansas Quarterly,
Alaska Quarterly,Atlanta Review, Poet Lore, Tikkun, Prism, Green's
Magazine....Internet "E" zines include Ariga, Crania,
CrossConnect, Zuzu's Petals, Switched-On= -Gutenberg, Poetry Cafe,
Apples & Oranges, Moonshade, Gravity Bluepenny, Blue Moon....
also Poet-Of-The-Month on The University of Chile's Pares Cum Paribus
(an "E" chapbook in English and Spanish) Web Del Sol (a
chapbook of her work that appears permanently on the WEB) Her latest
poetry collection is "Between One Future And The Next"
(Papier-Mache Press) 1995. "About A Year" (Small Poetry
Press in 1996).
poetry awards include "The Ann Stanford Poetry Prize",
1997 (University of Southern California Anthology, 1998) and The
Greensboro Poetry Award (Greensboro Arts Council, 2000). Her last
poetry collection "The Moon Inside" (Gravity/Newton's
Baby) was published December 1999. She is part of Pudding House
Publications Poetry Chapbook Series "Ruth Daigon's Greatest
Hits 1970-2000". "Payday At The Triangle" (Small
Poetry Press Select Poets Series) based on the Triangle Shirtwaist
Factory fire in New York City, 1911 was published in 2001and one
of many readings was performed in the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
in Manhattan, the area where the fire occurred. Her next poetry
book "Handfuls of Time" (Small Poetry Press, Select Poets
Series will appear in 2002 and a possible CD based on several of
her books as well.