Grace - by Sarah Gambito
You will transcend your ancestor’s suffering
You will pick a blue ball. You will throw it to yourself.
You will be on the other side to receive.
Green leaves grow around your face.
Hair stands on your body.
You look at old photographs
The bread is warm!
A child is a blessing!
That’s what I said!
I meant it!
You could say this is a poem.
Like the great halves of the roof
that caved and carved together.
Found us before words
and the octaves of blue
above us all.
Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers, Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence, and other journals have featured her poetry.