Kiersta Recktenwald. 

Kiersta Recktenwald was born in New England, grew up in Saudi Arabia, China, and Japan, has attended college at Colby College and the University of Maine. Her main interests are philosophy, psychology, and spirituality, and she writes mostly poetry and aphorisms.


Let me berry pick upon a hillside

as the bears do, randomly.

Erase the memory of being

a girl among the evasive,

a hearer among the deaf,

a farmer among the forest trees.

Afford me the time and the strength

to endure and to persist,

and allow me the patience

to keep going, going, get there.

Keep me from events

too drastic to imagine,

and ring out the bells of joy

among my fears.

(cf. “Request” by Shuntaro Tanikawa)