Poem from Lisa Rosenberg: “Offering”

by Linda Hubbard on May 10, 2020

Editor’s note: InMenlo is continuing to spotlight the work of local artists. Here is a poem from Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg, who served as Poet Laureate of San Mateo County in 2017/2018.

Emails Lisa: “While sheltering-in-place, the quiet streets and arrival of spring have brought an abundance of birds and birdsong. Listening to them slows me down enough to notice choices between abundance and scarcity, presence and preoccupation, and other possibilities that surround us.”

“Offering” is from A Different Physics (© 2018, from Red Mountain Press); used with permission from the author. The book can be ordered online.

Offering

This day. This hour.
Feast of paradox,

of plentitude
in the face of how
we are taught.

Scarcity, its army
of thoughts

feeding at the seed ball
now and off again

like the junco
or the house finch
red crest and all.

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John July 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Lisa Rosenberg wrote a moody poem in early 2020, shared (I think) April 2020.
I was hoping to find that poem on your website.
(…a remarkably powerful poem, I thought.)
thanks

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Lisa Rosenberg August 7, 2020 at 7:12 pm

Dear John, Thank you so much for your comments on “Offering.” Although it is not currently on my website, it appears in an online literary journal (https://migozine.org/2020/03/18/rosenberg2/) as well as in my collection, A Different Physics, available through Small Press Distribution and other retailers https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780998514062/a-different-physics.aspx?bCategory=NEWA.

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Lisa Rosenberg August 7, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Dear John, perhaps you are referring to “Space 2,” which appeared in these pages on April 14 (https://inmenlo.com/2020/04/14/poem-from-lisa-rosenberg-space-2/) This poem is also included in my book, A Different Physics.

Thanks once again for your interest.

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