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Monday's Poem

Photo by Jeannie Spenser

© 2013 Cornelia Hoogland

"Sooner or later" is from Hoogland's third chapbook "Sea Level" forthcoming with Baseline Press ( "Sea Level" was a finalist for the 2012 CBC Literary Nonfiction Awards. Cornelia Hoogland's six books of poetry, as well as her nonfiction, fiction and plays have been published and performed internationally. She lives on Hornby Island, British Columbia, with her visual artist husband Ted Goodden.

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Sooner or Later

Sooner or later it's back to nature.
Even urbanites, like dogs, need time outside.
Brown earth. Biology. Hike a hill, walk the river, go where
nature moves. We're impatient for it
to do something. Speak.

We want to poke it.
Like William Blake who
prodded the sky with a stick
and said there it was—
all round him, blue
and full of oxygen.