What I Would Give Up

What I Would Give Up by Joan Siegel

I would give up all the words in the world

but not words that open doors

to unknown rooms.

I would give up all the rooms in the world

but not this room

where I heard music for the first time.

I would give up all the music in the world

but not this music that holds all the light

I have ever seen and all the light I have not.

I would give up all the light in the world

but not this light that makes me reach

for a pencil to write words.

An exemplar poem from the new collection Archaeology by Joan I. Siegel (© 2017), due out in August 2017 from Deerbrook Editions. All books on the Website shipped free in the USA.

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