Art Installation in the Time of COVID-19

Collaborators:

 

Wind, sunshine, water,

clouds, fruit, rocks

 

Text:

 

my son asks if I have an idea

of what happens when we die

 

I tell him I don’t know but yes

I’ve ideas, words, approximations

 

of concepts outsized by my

grasp—eternal, ephemeral,

 

what is essential work

in these days when luck

 

unluck has gone viral

and we cannot hold

 

hands to pluck hope, ripe

fruit needs to be washed

 

with sunshine, love, will

to create, postponing

 

questions past our certainty—

who are the gardeners,

 

what is the garden, I

ask him, what is essential

 

for creation, for life

growing, blooming, seeding,

 

he smiles. The wind uplifts

and we are cirrus high

 

where we marvel at how

much we see and don’t know,

 

hear and cannot understand,

hope and do not know how to

 

hold.

 

Music:

 

rocksplash of rapids,

your unswerving heart

 

—May 17, 2020

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Author: Krista Hoeppner Leahy

Krista Hoeppner Leahy is a poet, writer, and actor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Farrago’s Wainscot, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Raritan, Shimmer, Tin House, Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy and elsewhere. With deep thanks to Vermont Studio Center, where this poem began. Born in Colorado, Krista currently resides in Brooklyn with her family.

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