The Sermon

The Sermon*
 
Sometime during grade school
the drone from the front
of the room pinned
hot legs under
sticky desks
while our green thoughts
flew out the window.
Tell the truth
sing the green bird thoughts
from the green leaves.
Tell the truth.  No more
disembodied songs.
 
Sherry Robbins, from Or, the Whale, BlazeVOX [books]

* Join me for Or, the Whale, a Just Buffalo Literary Center Adult 4-session discussion group centered on Moby Dick. An optional creative writing prompt will be offered before each session, but the focus will be on the book itself. For more information, click on the link below.
https://www.justbuffalo.org/shop/writing-workshop-or-the-whale-moby-dick-2020/
 
Short bio: Sherry Robbins, a self-diagnosed Moby Dick fanatic, is a poet and teaching artist. She has two books of poetry, Or, the Whale, BlazeVOX [books] (a poetic reimagining of Moby Dick), and Under World (Outriders Poetry Project), two chapbooks, and dozens of poems published in literary journals and anthologies here and in Spain, Portugal, and Canada. Robbins is the only poet invited to read at Seaman’s Bethel Chapel in New Bedford (see Moby Dick, chapter 7) at the invitation of the New Bedford Port Society and the Portuguese collection of the New Bedford Library.

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