Divining

Divining (WovenWord Press 2001) is now available from Dos Madres Press or from on-line vendors such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If you would like to request a signed copy, please contact me.

“In Divining, Pauletta Hansel searches for living water in the harsh and rocky places of her life, and she finds it in abundance..” – George Ella Lyon
“In Divining, Pauletta Hansel searches for living water in the harsh and rocky places of her life, and she finds it in abundance.” – George Ella Lyon

 

Photo by John Cruze (2)
A poem included in Divining inspired a reader and friend, John Cruze, to take this photo. He has permitted it to be included on this site and so, too, I have included the poem below.

Waking Before Light

There is only shadow,

no sky, no tree, no ground,
no pond beyond.
This window glass
reflects only inward:
the light by my bed, the white mug
in my hand, my face
sharp-shadowed by sleep.

Wait.

Now, not light, not yet,
but a leaching off of darkness
as shadow shapes
itself into branch and leaf,
trunk and limb.
Below, the pond has
pulled itself from ground:
and there is earth and water,
tree and sky,
each in its own place.

Wait.

The sky divides itself again,
a blue below, a blue above,
a band of amber fading
slowly into milky gold,
and now inside this pane of glass
I cannot see
my own sharp face, my pallid light,
but only tree and pond,
and rising from the ground,
fog blue as smoke.

Somewhere beyond this fog,
beyond the hills,
maybe some other
woman sits beside a window
or stands in tall wet grass, her morning come,
disk of crimson pushing
up through earth or water.
Still,

I wait

till colors pale,
birds fly out from trees,
and sliding now through
edge of sky and earth,
smoke and light,

there is day.

Pauletta Hansel
Originally published by Woven Word Press, 2001, now available from Dos Madres Press.