Jane Butkin Roth
Sitting in a building--a church, a house, a school--looking for a history,
You can't tell which influences are guiding you--conscience, or guilt and
Sometimes you just can't turn your head from all that bright light until you
Until one day you take one brave step, and that step propels a misstep, an
And it happens so fast there's no way to retrace
The groundcover is too thick. It's as if no one went before and
Then it happens. You arrive in a moment of perfect clarity.
In that instant you are witness to
something beyond all the facts that led you here,
You find a place where the only noise is the hush of snow falling and
You are lucky to have a moment like this, just one faithful second when you know you have shined as if you were your own sun, a glittery speck amidst the stars, knowing that's all you can hope for--
something small, distant, luminous.
Jane Butkin Roth's works of fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in over sixty publications, including Pearl, Rattle, the Houston Chronicle newspaper, the Owen Wister Review, Essential Love (an anthology on the parent/child bond), Rag Mag, Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Poets Market 1999, Lilliput Review, Maelstrom, Pleiades, The Old Red Kimono, and ArtWord Quarterly. Roth feels poetry harnesses the essential moments--the bites--of everyday living, in all their simplicity, wonder, confusion, joy, sorrows and intricacies--and gives them voice, even lives of their own. Inspiration for poems comes from strange and mysterious places--from fragments of conversations, losses and celebrations, observations, or from another dimension she doesn't understand, but gratefully accepts. A native Oklahoman, Roth lives in Houston with her three children, who provide the most profound inspiration of all.
Artwork "The Immortal Light" by Jeffrey Bedrick.
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