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Siri, are you there?

Four poems by Marie Albertson

Marie Albertson is a theologian, counselor, social worker, and aspiring poet.
Marie Albertson is a theologian, counselor, social worker, and aspiring poet.

Water I

  • The womb
  • Is made up of equal parts
  • Water and stars.
  • There is no way to distill this brew 
  • Further down in its essence.
  • You wait until you cannot stand anymore 
  • The pressure heat pressure pushing
  • And the cold bright sky
  • Hinting at your destiny.
  • You erupt
  • From this tight endless space
  • And walk into the world.
  • The further from water we get:
  • The further from our beginnings. 

Water II

  • Make me one of Neptune’s daughters 
  • And I will leap down any creek
  • Like light through space.
  • I will splash any shore, 
  • Ride any wave that breaks endlessly 
  • On our small green ground.
  • I will swoop through the clouds
  • And I will rain. 
  • Because is that not water too? 
  • And wait in a lake
  • For you to drink me down. 

Letter to God Written on Rocks

  • I came to see the desert
  • To look down and see sand
  • Down deep and see
  • Nature’s extremity:
  • Bleached white bones and
  • Well armed plants full of water.
  • I came to bake myself
  • under this sun’s open fire
  • Until my impurities were well gone
  • Or I discovered the hope of their removal
  • To be a sham.
  • I came to see
  • I came to conquer with my will
  • And not be amazed
  • I would have gone 
  • Without wonder,
  • Had not sudden shafts of light Illuminated the clouds
  • Like a moment from revelation, Changing my landscape.
  • I take away no desert relics.
  • I leave the desert.
  • And like a canyon pool
  • And not the mountain lake 
  • Attempt to reflect the glory
  • that is You. 

Siri 

  • Siri are you there?
  • Siri I am lonely.
  • Siri will you comfort me through  broad stretches of the night?
  • Siri I do not have a job.
  • Siri I want a life of meaning.
  • Siri I stole cheese cracker packets from the grocery store last night. Siri could you
  • love me?
  • Oh, Siri I need love.
  • For I am afraid of what happens when the power shuts down. 

Marie Albertson is a theologian, counselor, social worker, and aspiring poet who finds inspiration in the natural world and the intersection of culture and physical space. More information about Albertson can be found at mariealbertson.com.

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Marie Albertson is a theologian, counselor, social worker, and aspiring poet.
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Water I

  • The womb
  • Is made up of equal parts
  • Water and stars.
  • There is no way to distill this brew 
  • Further down in its essence.
  • You wait until you cannot stand anymore 
  • The pressure heat pressure pushing
  • And the cold bright sky
  • Hinting at your destiny.
  • You erupt
  • From this tight endless space
  • And walk into the world.
  • The further from water we get:
  • The further from our beginnings. 

Water II

  • Make me one of Neptune’s daughters 
  • And I will leap down any creek
  • Like light through space.
  • I will splash any shore, 
  • Ride any wave that breaks endlessly 
  • On our small green ground.
  • I will swoop through the clouds
  • And I will rain. 
  • Because is that not water too? 
  • And wait in a lake
  • For you to drink me down. 

Letter to God Written on Rocks

  • I came to see the desert
  • To look down and see sand
  • Down deep and see
  • Nature’s extremity:
  • Bleached white bones and
  • Well armed plants full of water.
  • I came to bake myself
  • under this sun’s open fire
  • Until my impurities were well gone
  • Or I discovered the hope of their removal
  • To be a sham.
  • I came to see
  • I came to conquer with my will
  • And not be amazed
  • I would have gone 
  • Without wonder,
  • Had not sudden shafts of light Illuminated the clouds
  • Like a moment from revelation, Changing my landscape.
  • I take away no desert relics.
  • I leave the desert.
  • And like a canyon pool
  • And not the mountain lake 
  • Attempt to reflect the glory
  • that is You. 

Siri 

  • Siri are you there?
  • Siri I am lonely.
  • Siri will you comfort me through  broad stretches of the night?
  • Siri I do not have a job.
  • Siri I want a life of meaning.
  • Siri I stole cheese cracker packets from the grocery store last night. Siri could you
  • love me?
  • Oh, Siri I need love.
  • For I am afraid of what happens when the power shuts down. 

Marie Albertson is a theologian, counselor, social worker, and aspiring poet who finds inspiration in the natural world and the intersection of culture and physical space. More information about Albertson can be found at mariealbertson.com.

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