What Will Save Us

Drawing by Sarojani Rohan

We’re all in this together,

looking for the songs to sing

that will hold the world together.

We might look to the soldier or scientist

to save us,

but the hero sits in silence before dawn,

looks out the window at the moon

slender and radiant in her old age,

and listens,

listens below ticking clock

and hooting owl,

listens beyond the whisper of candle flame

and the tinkle from the bells

the ants wear round their feet.

Deep in the earth,

deep in the cave of her heart,

angels sing,

and the poet transcribes.

Originally published in Second Wind: Words & Art of Hope & Resilience.

Published by

Mary Camille Thomas

Mary Camille Thomas is a native of Santa Cruz, California who considers herself lucky to have returned after living internationally and on the road. She is a librarian by profession, and her poetry has appeared in The Moving Force Journal, Porter Gulch Review, and Sisters Singing. She is currently working on a novel called What Lies Buried and a collection of poems of the spirit.

5 thoughts on “What Will Save Us”

  1. Thank you, my friends, for such beauty in this collaboration of words and image. Just brilliant wisdom.

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  2. Once again, Mary, you have transported us to the deeper places that hold solace and guidance.
    I certainly feel better about my “tendencies” to be a dreamer and stargazer!

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  3. Thank You for writing this Mary. Your words make me imagine what is… I forget the moon is old, and just now learned that ants wear bells on their ankles. You remind me to think about the universe and what it is feeling, instead of being just tired and zoned out. I sure do miss our talks.

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