Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

 

Gift

 

 

Let not that body

be put away

like some dried leaf,

shoved and shoveled

with a careless blade.

Let pain gentle the holding,

tender fingers cradle,

reddened eyes keep watch.

Let the soil cry out in mourning

while it offers welcome

to the cells that disband

in offering up their energies.

As the mute friends left

find memories enlichening

and unmaking any

tidy stony bits of heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Ann Dimand was born in Southern Illinois where Union North met Confederate South, and her work is shaped by kinships and conflicts: economics and theology, farming and feminism and history. Dimand holds an MA in economics from Carleton University, an MPhil from Yale University, and an MDiv from Iliff School of Theology, thus demonstrating her multiple mastery. Some of her previous publication credits include: The History of Game Theory Volume I: From the Beginnings to 1945; The Foundations of Game Theory; and Women of Value: Feminist Essays on the History of Women in Economics, among others. Her work is published or forthcoming in The Birds We Piled Loosely, Bitterzoet Magazine, The Borfski Press, The Broken Plate, FRiGG Magazine, The Hungry Chimera, Mantis, Misfit Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, Slab, and Sweet Tree Review.