“Dust” by Dorianne Laux (repost)

I’ll be away for a few days playing catch-up, reading poetry, and caring for my sweet little girl–an overly-curious Texas Heeler–who is recovering from a Copperhead snake bite. (Thankfully the vet says she should make a full recovery.) Stay well my friends, and I’ll see you in a few days, Christy


Someone spoke to me last night,
told me the truth. Just a few words,
but I recognized it.
I knew I should make myself get up,
write it down, but it was late,
and I was exhausted from working
all day in the garden, moving rocks.
Now, I remember only the flavor —
not like food, sweet or sharp.
More like a fine powder, like dust.
And I wasn’t elated or frightened,
but simply rapt, aware.
That’s how it is sometimes —
God comes to your window,
all bright light and black wings,
and you’re just too tired to open it.


Dorianne Laux, “Dust” from What We Carry. Copyright © 1994 by Dorianne Laux.


*originally shared June 6, 2014

13 thoughts on ““Dust” by Dorianne Laux (repost)

    1. John, it’s so nice to “see” you. Thank you for your kind words. My girl is doing so much better and, while a bit leery of sticks and shadows now, she seems back to her happy healthy self.


    1. Southern Yaya

      Hope she feels better soon. I think we need a photo of your sweet girl when you return! Thank you for the poems.


      1. Hi Yaya, your screen name makes me smile 🙂
        My girl Sadie is doing much much better. She had a painful couple of days, but has really bounced back. I’m so grateful for everyone’s well wishes and blessings. I will share a picture in gratitude soon, great idea! Thank you so much, c-


    1. I was really scared for her Hannah. She’s the first doggo I’ve ever had bitten. I am grateful she was up to date on her vaccines and that we had an emergency vet to take her to; it could’ve been much worse. She’s just about back to her old self now, yay!

      This is one of my favorite poems; probably the one that introduced me to Laux I think, and she has since become one of my most revered poets. She has some really powerful poems on grief, and she was very kind on Twitter when I once left her a reply. Hope you are doing well! x, c-

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    1. Hi Strumsky, always a pleasure to “see” you. To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, Sadie and I are both feeling “much muchier.” It was a scary couple of days, but she’s made a speedy recovery and I’m not such a nervous wreck anymore. Although given the number of snakes I’ve already seen here in West Texas, I’ll probably remain nervous until the next freeze. 🙂 Hope you are well, my friend. c-

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