Elizabeth Austen’s work: ‘The Girl Who Goes Alone,’ ‘This Morning’
Excerpts from poetry by Washington state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen.
Excerpts from Elizabeth Austen’s “Every Dress a Decision”(Blue Begonia Press).
From “The Girl Who Goes Alone”
The girl who goes alone
claims for herself
the madrona juniper daybreak.
She claims hemlock prairie falcon nightfall.
She claims nurse log sea star glacial moraine
huckleberry trillium salal
snowmelt avalanche lily waterfall
birdsong limestone granite moonlight schist
cirque saddle summit ocean
she claims the curve of the earth.
The girl who goes alone says with her body
the world is worth the risk.
From “This Morning”
It’s time. It’s almost too late.
Did you see the magnolia light its pink fires?
You could be your own, unknown self.
No one is keeping it from you.