I long to learn
to let light
through every cell.
What is this light passes through leaf?
When the leaf does not eclipse my eye,
the light lands where I can see it,
subsumed in other light
(or being more mobile than leaf, perhaps I
am the one with agency to eclipse).
What light passes through leaf?
With eye within the penumbra I can barely see it;
such bright light shuts my pupil:
I shun the glare involuntarily:
it lands in my iris.
What light comes through?
In the umbra I dilate.
I dilate as if on purpose–
From leaf I long to learn
to look less solid,
as I know I am as much space between atoms
as the space between stars.
Karina Lutz worked as a sustainable energy advocate for three decades. Earlier, she received an MSJ from Medill School of Journalism and worked as an editor, reporter, and magazine publisher. She’s currently collaborating to launch a permaculture community, Listening Tree Cooperative.