Saturday, June 15

Love Work

By Douglass DeCandia

 a hopelessness 
overwhelms me
And sometimes 
I remember
The seeds I tend 
in this 
small garden
Have roots
and roots connect
Through time and space
the dreamers 
and dreams
Of a world 
where all are needed,
And cared for,
and safe.

Douglass DeCandia, or Digs, is a child of the Italian and European Diaspora. His paternal side came to this country from Bari and Sicily in the 1920s. His maternal side came from Scotland, France and England much earlier. He currently resides on unceded Leni Lenape territory, in so-called New York State, where he has for the last 15 years been working at the intersections of restorative agriculture and transformative justice. He is a published poet and writer, and honored member of the Pummarola Editorial Collective.