In solitude, I am at ease with myself,
able to return to my spirit
when it has been shaken
bearing witness to the world.
In solitude, I reclaim my vulnerability
and do not have to compromise
with the demons that pull at my soul
as I embrace that liminal junction
where what has been and what will be
are joined with the wisdom of my ancestors
who remind me
that I do not have to wrestle
with God to be blessed.
Michael S. Glaser is a Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 – 2009. The recipient of several awards for his teaching, his service to poetry and for his poetry, he now co-leads retreats which embrace the reading and writing of poetry as a means of self-reflection and personal growth. He has published several collections of his own poetry, edited three anthologies and co-edited The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA 2012). More at http://www.michaelsglaser.com