Poems & Essays

23 Jan

Into Darkness

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Just seconds old, a baby noses his way
to his mother’s breast
the same way a butterfly knows
how to unearth a blossom.
A toddler only learns to walk
by feeling the many ways of falling.
The heart only knows wholeness
after heartbreak shatters one
into tiny pieces.
There are millions of paths
toward living and loving
but we need not anyone’s
compass other than our own.
Look what happens
when an acorn digs its way
into the earth and dives deep
into darkness
despite what the starling
claims to know.



Jessica Malone Latham, M.A., is the author of cricket song: Haiku and Short Poems from a Mother’s Heart (Red Moon Press) and of the poetry chapbook, clouds of light (wooden nickel press). Her Japanese poetry has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies. In addition to writing poetry of all forms, her prose has been featured on NPR’s local station, Brain, Child, Literary Mama, Mamalode, Mothering, SpeakMom and Tiny Buddha. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two young sons. Find more of her work on her website: www.jessicalatham.com or visit her blog: www.rowdyprisoners.com.

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