a lesson from the open air
Make like the sunrise standing still as clouds
come passing through, and he will learn how to
rise and fall —gracefully.
Make like ripples of the waves grazing
his pruning toes, and he will learn the
motions of the world —fleeting.
Make like dances of the tree branches
swaying to the sound of the wind, and he
will learn to find strength in delicacy —
Make like slippery rocks he stands on to
get a closer look, and he will understand
how to grasp it all —resilience.
Emily Wolfson is a senior at SUNY Albany, graduating with a double major in Psychology and Human Development with a Counseling concentration and a minor in English. She believes that people sometimes get submerged in the movement of the day to day that they forget to not just be in the world, but also of it. Poetry is an introspective way to stop for a minute and connect with yourself and what’s going on around you. Whether reading a poem or writing one, you are given the opportunity to feel something.