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SHJ Issue 15
Fall 2016


by M. Doretta Cornell

I am thinking of the sacrament of eating: how
	this celery, for instance, pale straight stalk,
	yellow unsunned heart, will become me

and of how little we know of how our lives are built
	on transformation, crisp green leaf
	to pulsing skin and hard white bone

how one thing can spend all its seasons
	becoming itself, and then, suddenly, becomes
	another, far from any sprout in an April field.


SHJ Issue 15
Fall 2016

M. Doretta Cornell

A member of the Poetry Caravan, M. Doretta Cornell has given workshops at Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and in The Brenda Connor-Bey Learning to See Legacy Workshop Series. She taught at Pace University. Her poems have appeared in The Westchester Review, Red River Review, Earth’s Daughters, Inkwell, Third Wednesday, and Commonweal, among other journals, and in the anthologies (en)compass (Poetry Caravan) and McGraw-Hill’s Literature 5th and 6th Editions. Ms. Cornell also writes on social justice and environmental issues.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury