Origin Story: Breath
Particles can appear out of nowhere,
science says. What our breath
contains—frescos, cathedrals, mountain
paths of green. What does the clementine
exhale—what knowledge of the sea’s wind?
When the oak tree’s leaves fall,
does the tree sigh? The swirl of the leaf
to the ground, a song? The sun-soaked
meadow humming with insect dreams.
Carol Berg’s poems are in Crab Creek Review (Poetry Finalist 2017), DMQ Review, Hospital Drive, Sou’wester, The Journal, Spillway, Redactions, Radar Poetry, Verse Wisconsin. Her recent chapbook, The Johnson Girls, is available from dancing girl press. She was a recipient of a Finalist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.