Marilyn Baszczynski- When Writing a Poem Isn’t Enough – Pandemic

When Writing a Poem Isn’t Enough
by Marilyn Baszczynski

Today I help plant seven trees,
two foot tall blue spruces.
I imagine their future magnitude,

each producing enough oxygen 
in a season for ten people 
to breathe for a year.

It’s the best I can think to do.
I don’t know how to build


Marilyn Baszczynski’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and her book, Gyuri. Poem of wartime Hungary, was published in 2015.  Originally from Ontario, Canada, Marilyn is currently Editor of Iowa Poetry Association’s annual anthology, Lyrical Iowa.