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Lisa Zimmerman: Testament

I believe the truth needs no defense.

I believe that feelings might not be facts

but they matter all the same—the secret

wailing in the bathroom, the fearful gasp

when the news falls from the TV

into our laps, the relief when the plane lands

soft on the tarmac like the white pelican

setting its boat of feathers onto the lake.

I believe in your warm hands on my body,

the long braid of years together, the love

in the dog’s eyes, gold flash of the finch

in the feeder, steady push of dandelions up

through spring grass, and I believe in the love

that seems to keep our broken world aloft

on its sea of uncountable stars.


Copyright 2021 Lisa Zimmerman

Lisa Zimmerman is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Northern Colorado. Her books include The Hours I keep (Main Street Rag, 2016).

5 comments on “Lisa Zimmerman: Testament

  1. Sharon L. Hanson rs
    December 10, 2021

    Very beautiful, Lisa. I thank Diane for the privilege of reading your poem. I surely loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    December 8, 2021

    Ahh and there is the pang of jealousy for the treasure of old age together and the joy that someone appreciates and knows what a treasure she has.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sean Sexton
    December 8, 2021

    Very fine dear Lisa! I believe all those things too.

    Liked by 2 people

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