Please Rise

by Ariella Ruth

together now
in this expansive air
among sunlit color
we are all quiet
instruments waiting
to sound

we choir
in unison upon
the words “please rise”
and keep standing
we remain
through all those
“you may be seated”
rather than a soft

we light candles
and sit circular
where we face
one another to find
a stranger’s gaze
and breathe deeply
as to not
the current


Ariella Ruth received her BA in writing from The New School and her MFA in writing and poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She is the events coordinator at the Center for the Study of World Religions.

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