Mary Krane Derr
Once among the dining hall's
MY COLLEGE EDUCATION
and scratchy beige trays,
a classmate pointed out
the leftover orange
cradled slackly at the ready in my hand
that its skin's pinpoints of indentation
fall into the same pattern
as the galaxies in space.
I have yet to know
if that's a God-honest fact
but ever since I have often thought twice
about peeling off the universe
and flinging it aside
without so much
as an astronomical look.
Copyright 1999, Mary Krane Derr
From the poem cycle, "The Ravelling Back Into the Text of Her Genesis:
A Woman's Way Home to the Divine Feminine," presented at the 1999 Parliament
of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally published
in the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin Online (Summer 1999).
Switched-on Gutenberg/Vol. 4, No. 2