Stacey Gruver: Erosion is Self Care

Erosion is Self Care


to reject starvation

cultivate hollowness, make room

for your hunger, summon a river and

let your current eat its way through

bedrock, let your current carve a cavern

to shelter the beginnings of your appetite--


your sightless birds, eyeless deer,

serpents transparent with need


be a good shepherd and your flocks

will multiply, will spread, will feed you

Stacey Gruver is a poet and artist who lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Maryland Individual Artists Award. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Eye to the Telescope, and The Puritan.