Vox Populi

A curated webspace for Poetry, Politics, and Nature. Over 16,000 daily subscribers. Over 7,000 archived posts.

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: When Christina Called

Here's what she said-

my son's babysitter

She said it in PRAYOTIS 

which he made up

and spoke with her 

when she came over

in her flannel shirts

She told him even then

it is not possible to sit

in a corner of Rhode Island

and have only walls to talk to

She said it would be thrilling

and powerful to have a language

that only the two of you forever know

and she said this in his language 

But she was then even too young

to know her own wisdom of saying

and speaking the way a 3 year old

would understand-- with crayons

and music and games in PRAYOTIS 

And when he was little and screamed 

because the circus in town was rained out

she then told him to wait--to please wait--

that old issue of trust in the steady gods--

that trust when it's safe and you're in bed

and you wake up to see your dad sipping tea

from a glass like your grandfather did once

She wanted to remind him I think

that we're not past telling old stories 

and while the raging goes on and on--

we need invention, the history of the world

poor world, to start over again, one two, three

Just let the gods guarantee everyone

a right to love in their own language

Go forth, sing in your PRAYOTIS she said

Let your song teach us every day 

neither to laugh at nor kill one another

Copyright 2021 Rosaly DeMaios Roffman

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman’s many books include I Want To Thank My Eyes (Tebot Bach, 2012).

Photo: Unsplash

2 comments on “Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: When Christina Called

  1. Rosaly Roffman
    October 22, 2021

    Michael–such a privilege to be in here with all the fine poets and your commentary. You are such an important voice in our lives and community–you make this time without a tense bearable –you teach us every day by the words you choose–words never taken lightly–you spell out humanity– we ride with you…and we thank you!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      October 22, 2021

      What a lovely thing to say, Rosaly, and from a poet I admire immensely. Thank you for your writing, teaching, mentoring and activism. YOU are the one with the important voice.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


This entry was posted on October 11, 2021 by in Opinion Leaders, Poetry, Social Justice, spirituality and tagged , , , .

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 16,092 other subscribers

Blog Stats

  • 4,684,592 hits


%d bloggers like this: