If I Must Leave

I would take:

one last look
across the fields
the touch of wind
on my cheek

a rock from the pile
thrust to the surface
by frost heaves
then picked by hand

the smell of new bales
golden green
in early evening light

the song my grandmother
sang as we walked
along dusty roads

a handful of dirt
from my mother’s garden
to someday
bless my own

a snowflake
pressed between the pages
of a book and dried

as if I could

as if I could
leave this place
and never return

~ Angela Kublik

Angela Kublik is an Edmonton based writer whose poetry has appeared in The Prairie Journal, Legacy, and FreeFall, as well as online at DailyHaiku.Org. She edits blueskiespoetry.ca, an online journal that provides a forum for emerging and established poets. She is also the co-founder/publisher of House of Blue Skies, Alberta’s newest micropublisher, and co-editor of the best-selling anthology Writing the Land: Alberta through its Poets, with Dymphny Dronyk. The anthology is currently in its third printing.

Read Angela Kublik’s poetry:
New Year
Summer Away
Fire Tower on Nose Mountain

Editor’s note: This post is from Home and Away – a sequel to the bestselling Writing the Land (2007). Look for one poet to be featured each day as Alberta poets ponder the question “what is home?” and explore our complex relationship with working on, living with, exploiting and protecting our land and our home. For more information about the project, click here.

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