My College Education
By Mary Beth Krane Derr
Once among the dining hallís
and scratchy beige trays,
a classmate pointed out
the leftover orange
cradled slackly at the ready in my hand
that its skinís pinpoints of indentation
fall into the same pattern
as the galaxies in space.
I have yet to know
if thatís a God-honest fact
but ever since I have often thought twice
about peeling off the universe
and flinging it aside
without so much
as an astronomical look.
From the poem cycle, "The Ravelling Back Into the Text of Her Genesis: A Woman's Way Home to the Divine Feminine," to be presented this December at the 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa.
Copyright 1999 Mary Krane Derr. All rights, including electronic rights, reserved.
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