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Wake to the songbirds
welcoming the morning’s
light through a corner window.

Words trickle a gentle
stream in the nearby forest
punctuated by stone —

a dash — breath. Some
you butterfly net, cache
on paper, scrap or page.

Wash by hand tomorrow’s
white dress. While it dries
on a line in the afternoon

breeze, count and catalog
the wildflowers dithering
in the meadow.

Later, return to the bedroom
of slanting light, dipping lower
under the weight of the stars.


Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. She serves as poetry editor of the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak. Her latest collection of poetry, Curating the House of Nostalgia, will publish in 2020 (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions). Kersten holds an MFA from the University of Alaska.

© 2020, Kersten Christianson

2 comments on “Emily’s To-Do List, by Kersten Christianson

  1. Edward Cain says:

    Helloo nice post


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