Basket Form and Rare Pitch Pipe, Maple
turned, labeled, “Form to weave sweet grass
baskets on. Made and used at E. Canterbury.
Presented to B. Weeks by Caroline Thomas,”
initialed “JW” in pencil, 2” x 3”; turned maple
circular pitch pipe with inset metal reed, 3” h,
2 ½ ” dia. $1,800
Here is become Pure Light.
My reaching hand.
Only the wind in the mountain sun.
Only the Singing of water through rock.
Gathered, all, Gathered, our voices woven,
each melody a thread cast into evening
and wrapped to Day’s work.
Bound. Unbound. Tied. Untied.
Each of our Songs
a single Song in a Braid of Flowers
and Healing herbs.
A New Hampshire native, Kelley Jean White studied at Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School and has been a pediatrician in inner-city Philadelphia for more than twenty years. Mother of three, she is an active Quaker. Her poems have been widely published over the past five years, including several book collections and chapbooks, and have appeared in numerous journals including Exquisite Corpse, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Rattle and the Journal of the American Medical Association.