Old Woman Rests Against Old Man — June Blumenson

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway

A whole garden of stone.
I run my fingers over rock faces
of an old man and woman embracing.

They look as if they would break
with longing, hungry for touch.


I will be like this someday.

But for now, the cold stone warms
to my hand, and these mammoth
creatures loom like gods
forging the human spirit immeasurable.


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June Blumenson
is the author of A Scythe of Moon (2020 Kelsay Books). She is widely published in literary journals and has won several awards and prizes. From her long career providing mental health services, she brings a deep empathy to her writing, even to inanimate objects as evidenced in Old Woman Rests Against Old Man. She teaches occasional poetry classes and facilitates critiquing workshops in Minneapolis.