Writing a Life of Collabortive Poetry

Poetry is a House


For William Stafford

(After "One Home")


Ours is a North Coast home -a house we share.

Sandstone shoes walk the thoughts that make our creed.

We dance to made-up songs;

the floor is our table.


The hand-made jam labels

we paste on mason jars

mark the dates we store in cupboards-

outside, the Indian paintbrushes

​and pine grosbeaks in the morning.


​A mother black bear lunged at us

in a September dusk while we

were creek-water sneaking before

our children pulled a blanket

of Northern Lights overhead.


To anyone who looks at us

we say "Come in";

liking the ax handle of invitation,

we could say "Welcome."

(But sandstone shoes walk the thoughts that make our creed.)


The sunrise over Superior

is the tooth of a saw.

Circling our arms we swim

against the north winds.



As published in North Dakota Quarterly, Volume 79.2

Regina and Tim Gort's first collection of poetry,Year of the White Tiger, is a chapbook of collabortive poems. Now available from Two Timbers Press.


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