URGENCY Buried beneath the roots, the nether-region is a river of dust, glass shards, seashell pieces, aged minerals. I hold a handful of soil and hear the dead, like cattle herded together. They walk barefoot through the dust. Having forgotten the lilt of their voices, I place my ear to the earth, to the past, my heart pounds like a wet mallet. Death stands before us, behind us, collecting the flying embers of each life, and the days become shut down by spent time. At the end of every season is an urgency: the harvesting of old age, the dehydration of gods, miracles, twilight.
Dah Helmer is the author of two collections of poetry from Stillpoint Books. Dah’s third collection is due for publication in 2014, also from Stillpoint Books. Dah lives in Berkeley, California, where he is currently working on the manuscript for his fourth book.