“Earth, You Have Returned to Me” by Elaine Equi

Earth, You Have Returned to Me

Can you imagine waking up
every morning on a different planet,
each with its own gravity?

Slogging, wobbling,
wavering. Atilt
and out-of-sync
with all that moves
and doesn’t.

Through years of trial
and mostly error
did I study this unsteady way — 

changing pills, adjusting the dosage,
never settling.

A long time we were separate,
O Earth,
but now you have returned to me.


Elaine Equi, 1953–

© 2016 Elaine Equi
“Earth, You Have Returned to Me”

Photo by Louis Maniquet on Unsplash

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