by Ríonach Aiken
What if all were changed now?
What if the world opened at the touch of my pen
and laid itself bare before me?
What if the discipline of listening
was born in this moment
and each that arrives and arrives?
What if I followed that thread
on the page
to see how my life would unfold?
What if I made the vow
to be there,
see it through,
an oath it would pain me to break?
What if I bound my faith
to a voice that is real
and gave my word to the world?
What if all this was true?
I pledge my self and say I do.
- Ríonach Aiken
Published in Coming into Leaf: an anthology by Poetry ID, 2015.