Dear Kelli Russel Agodon,
Recently, I was given the option to choose between experiencing a journey or walking away. It was a back-and-forth debate on whether to stay or go and what the consequences would be of each. While the other person rambled on about what was the right thing to do, I remembered a phrase from your poem “The Botanists”:
“In a busy world, the sour experience
is not the lemon, but forgetting
to taste it”
With each reading of your poem, I can remind myself to ingest the garden and taste a bit. Many lessons learned over and over in your elegant form.
Wind blowing through my hair,