Lost Boot

We packed the back
of the car
with buckets, metal rakes
and spades.
We bribed the kids
with milkshakes
from the roadside
burger stand.
The clouds
threatened
to make a fuss
but we ignored them,
along with the kids’ sighs,
knowing all would settled
when we reached
the shore –
the low tide
letting us go
so far
toward the sea.
We sat on spare buckets
to save our backs
and cheered
at each colony of clams
we found
below clusters of oyster shells.
We dug our limits
within minutes
And yet
none of us wanted
to let go
of the thrill
under that bright
and complicated sky.
Until the tide
snuck right up
through the sand,
took hold
of you and the boy.
When your feet came out
of the boots,
you stood strong
in soaked socks
to try to save
the boots.
But one of his boots
would not let go.
One of his boots
is still
filled with sea.

~ Megan M. Codera

Morning Light

Dark blue between
the shadows of the trees
brightening 
and I still have time
to get out there
before the day comes
barreling in.
Wish I could drop this
digital dependency
like we do
when we are camping,
or visiting friends on the farm.
A fine poet said,
You live by the light you find.
And why not?
Wake with the light
and brew coffee
in the dim kitchen.
Go outside and do
whatever needs to be done.  
Discover the things
underneath the bushes,
take a different trail.
Get a little lost.
And then follow
the fading light home.
Start dinner and let it simmer
while you take your pole
down to the river
to watch the sun trying
something different
with the clouds.
On the way back up to the house,
as you put away the chickens
an owl flies up over the rooftop
and lands in the tallest ponderosa pine.

~ Megan M. Codera

Explore

The main trails are
marked with wide paths
of pine needles
and warnings
on trespassing.
Most just walk
along the road here.
But there are other trails
you might miss,
if you weren’t looking for them.
Thin trails, where the greens
continue to grow knee-high,
salal and ferns.
Fallen branches
tangle with the arch
of younger alder trees
and dogwood.
There’s a tunnel,
the shadow of a deer
with its long legs through the brush
and head easing under the arch.
If I took one of those trails,
climbing through the brush
and the fallen branches,
ducking at the arches,
where would I find you?
Which one of us would turn around first?

~ Megan M. Codera

Getting Out

I remember all the rooms
where we stayed
in Mexico,
but I don’t remember
sleeping
in any of them.
They were just a place
to leave our things.
In Oaxaca, with the tall doors and thin walls,
I fought a fever on thin sheets,
but still made it to the market
and a show in a crumbling theater.
In Taxco, we had a courtyard on the roof,
just outside of our room with high ceilings
and no glass panes on the high windows.
We got pizza and beer that first night
while the town erupted with a festival in the streets
for El Dia de la Madre.
And in the hostel in Mexico City,
two sets of bunk beds crammed in the corners
of a room at the end of the hall
and you tried to teach me to Salsa
on the dirty linoleum floor.
It is strange to say we stayed in those rooms,
in those places so far from our cities and our lives.
The things we found could never have been
seen in those rooms.
We had to open the tall doors
and walk the narrow, crooked streets.

~ Megan M. Codera

All We Do Not Know

I have with me
all that I do not know
I have lost none of it
 – W.S. Merwin
    From “The Nomad Flute”

The sea of things
we do not know
churns slowly
in each of us.
Some may try
to ease the weight
by sharing
all they know
with anyone they know.
Some devour field guides
and listen to NPR
so they can sound
as if they know.
And then some
take sips
of only the things
of interest,
sharing bits
when it fits.
But there is no way
to ever lose
this bag
of things we do not know.
No need to analyze it,
empty it,
or ignore it.
Nothing we name
will ever be
just that.
Not even the rain.

~ Megan M. Codera

*NaPoWriMo poem prompt for Day 25: take a line from a poem to inspire a new poem.