GloPoWriMo – Song 2

How to Harvest Ancestor Silk

To harvest ancestor silk
you must first find it,

Growing on dried weeds in
meadow and barrow.

Use your sharp eye to
find the place where
spiders have spun
the silk that spans
the gap between
branch and flower,
stem and seed.

Keep your mind sharp.
Stay focused.
Do not pause to wonder
why it is called
ancestor silk
nor how gossamer
can become
steel.

Catch your mind
before it meanders
back to your
ancestors, grandparents
to your grandparents,
parents of those you try
not to remember–
not to forget.

Pull your thoughts
back from the gap
between stem and seed
for your eyes must
be clear to find

Ancestor silk.

You cannot see it
through your tears.

Daily prompt: “write poems that provide the reader with instructions on how to do something,” from Na/GloPoWriMo.

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